U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre released the following statement regarding the government shutdown, military death gratuities, and flight safety.
"Today, I voted to:
* ensure that death gratuities and survivor benefits are accessible and available for our deceased military members and their families; and
* fund the Federal Aviation Administration to maintain critical safety, security, and air traffic activities.
"We need an American solution to get this government back and working -- not a Democratic one, not a Republican one, not an Independent one -- an American one. The cycle of governing by crisis needs to stop, and we all have a shared responsibility to find solutions that work for the betterment of our great nation.
"I have voted at every opportunity to end this shutdown. It is time for the bi-partisan bickering to end and for both parties to work together. A good first step would be to bring a clean budget bill to the floor for a vote, so we can re-open the government and begin to address the challenges we have."