U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) this morning issued the following statement on the government shutdown:
"The latest attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act instead of keeping our government open show a complete disregard for millions of Americans and our economy. It is my hope that Congress will be able to work together to resolve its differences through the proper legislative process, without threatening the nation's ability to function.
The health-care law has nothing to do with the budget. It has nothing to do funding federal agencies. It has nothing to do with our country paying its bills.
The fear to negotiate sets a terrible precedent. Democrats never insisted or threatened to close down the government in exchange for passing measures important to us such as immigration reform or gun control. And when our party controlled the House several years ago, Democrats never made these types of demands to the Republican President who was in office at the time.
This shutdown is not good for anybody, and it wastes valuable time dealing with many of the important issues Americans need the House and Senate to tackle such as further strengthening our economy, immigration reform, raising the debt ceiling and other critical problems that require our attention.
I urge Congress to do what is right for our country and end the shutdown."