"The looming threat of a federal government shutdown reflects the very serious failure of leadership that exists today in Washington. If a federal shutdown does occur, it will have an unnecessary and negative impact on services aimed to assist Arizona's vulnerable.
"My office continues to work with state agencies to ensure that the effects of a potential shutdown are minimal. However, the state cannot afford to bailout the federal government. President Obama, Senator Reid and Speaker Boehner owe it to the American people to work together to fund its obligations and avoid a shutdown.