Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Chairman of the Congressional Everglades Caucus, made the following statement in support of the fishing guides in South Florida, whose livelihoods depend on tourism in Florida's Everglades National Park:
"As a result of the government shutdown, middle class and working poor Americans all across this country are suffering, including fishing guides whose livelihood depends on tourism in Florida's Everglades National Park.
"On October 9, 2013, nine days into the government shutdown, more than 100 boats gathered outside the shuttered Everglades National Park to rally support to re-opening park waters. I wholeheartedly support the efforts of these hardworking fishing guides.
"One guide stated that he has lost $10,000 in revenue since the waters were closed. There are around 350 such licensed guides in the area alone, not to mention the hundreds of employees who work in and around the park. It is time that Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues stop this charade, end the government shutdown, and let people get back to work.
"This shutdown exemplifies government at its worst. American families should not fall victim to Washington's dysfunction. Government is supposed to help its citizens, not make it harder for them to put food on the table.
"The bottom line is that Congress must re-open the government. South Florida's fishing guides are ready to work. It is absolutely outrageous that politics is standing in their way."