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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

ICYMI: Congressman Courtney Outlines Economic Impact on Eastern Connecticut Residents Amid Government Shutdown

January 8, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) today took to the House Floor to share real-life stories of the economic and human impact of the ongoing government shutdown on individuals and families in eastern Connecticut.  

Among the accounts read by Congressman Courtney were a veteran State Department employee who had served the United States in both Afghanistan and in Serbia; Coast Guard servicemembers and Coast Guard Academy faculty who fear the consequences of going without pay; a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who is concerned about having to choose which of her bills to pay; regional craft brewery employees whose products can’t go to market without proper clearance from the currently-shuttered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives; air traffic controllers who are working long shifts without pay while being tasked with guarding the safety of the flying public; and more. 

Congressman Courtney went on to note:  

“All [Senator] Mitch McConnell has to do is bring up that bill – which they already passed –  send it to the President, and with the stroke of a pen this would end today. These people who, again, are doing the important work of the American people would not have to be going through the stress and aggravation while they are doing great work to protect our public safety, to represent our country overseas and to make sure that we have leaders of the future through institutions like the Coast Guard Academy. 

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“Lengthening this shutdown, and hurting people who have absolutely nothing to do with the Southern border, is pointless, and hurting people, and hurting the U.S. economy.” 

A full video of the Congressman’s remarks can be viewed here.