Redlands, CA – Last week, our local Congressman, Pete Aguilar, told CNN that he would be willing to vote in favor of a government shutdown for political reasons. The vote to keep the government funded will take place tomorrow, January 19th, and if Rep. Aguilar and his party succeed in shutting down the federal government, millions of Americans will suffer needlessly.
During the last shutdown in 2013, more than 850,000 government workers were furloughed without pay for most of a month, the private sector lost 120,000 jobs, and gross domestic product fell by $24 billion.
If a shutdown occurs, applications for passports and visas will be halted and museums, parks, recreation centers, and zoos will be closed. In addition, the thousands who were affected by the deadly fires and mudslides that have plagued our state in recent months will be denied the financial help they need and veterans who are covered by the Veterans Choice Program will have a hard time using their health insurance. And let’s not forget the 6 million businesses that depend on financial support from small business loans.
Worse yet, a government shutdown would put the 81,460 local children who are enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in jeopardy. The continuing resolution that will be voted on tomorrow includes a six-year funding extension for CHIP, which would finally give those children and their parents some peace of mind.
“I call on Rep. Aguilar and members of both parties to come to the table to work out a deal to keep our government funded. And not just another ‘continuing resolution’ that will only keep things funded for a few extra months. They need to do their jobs and pass an annual budget so that we won’t have to keep dealing with the threat of a government shutdown every few months,” said candidate Sean Flynn.
“When we send our representatives to Washington, one of their most basic responsibilities is to pass a budget, something that they seem unable to do. Pete Aguilar needs to put his partisan politics aside, roll up his sleeves, and help pass a budget. And if he really wants to do his job, that budget will be balanced.”
Sean Flynn is a jobs expert, economist, and small business owner. In his early 30’s, Flynn wrote the international best seller Economics for Dummies. Now, Flynn is dedicating his life to bringing good jobs, world-class education, and high-quality, affordable healthcare to the Inland Empire. He is committed to common-sense solutions that benefit the people of California’s 31st District.