The last time the government shutdown, it was over healthcare. I was out of work for 16 days unpaid because I was a contractor and when my employer can’t bill, I can’t get paid.
I attended a first 100 event at Chick Fil-A and talked to a lot of people struggling.
There were parents which were not sure how their family would eat with both of then out of work since they were government contractors.
There was so much fear and desperation about making mortgage payments and student loans.
And no end in sight to the shutdown.
This time around, I still work for the government. Still as a contractor. Under the same Department though a different branch of it. There’s one huge difference.
I am going to get paid through it. I am going to be able to work. I will be making my mortgage payment and keeping my power on.
I will be OK.
But I know there will be thousands of families who will not. Thousands will be missing payments or making decisions about food or utilities.
Thousands of businesses that rely on government workers to stay open. Restaurants. Convenience stores.
Anything around the Capitol…
This shutdown, if it drags from week to week will cost some families everything.
The price tag for the 2013 government shutdown was about $1.6 billion a week, $300 million a day, or $12.5 million an hour.
The government is more divided than ever. The stakes are the health of children.
The task is clear.
Work together to compromise.
Work on a budget for the year.
You have no other concerns.
You’ve managed that by mismanagement.
Fund the government.
Don’t make us worry every month whether we will get paid.
Your constituents want you to do your job.
And you have all failed.
They hold the lives of hundreds of millions of people in their hands.
Please do the right thing and work together to fund the government. There’s room for everyone to get what they want.