Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) took to the House floor today to call for an end to the 25-day partial government shutdown and share the stories of affected Vermonters ranging from furloughed federal employees struggling to pay their bills to those unable to access to critical government services.
"It's somebody who has a microbrewery and can't get the FDA inspection, it's the construction company that can't get the sign-off on a permit, it's a home closing that can't occur because the paperwork can't be signed. And this is costing our economy about $1 billion a week. We must make off-limits the tactic of shutting down government in order to get our way. As vigorous as we argue our point of view, we should not cause collateral damage to others to get our way."