EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Officials Weigh In On Government Shutdown
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 1, 2013 5:58 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 1, 2013 6:08 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia's elected officials weighed in Tuesday on the federal government shutdown.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
“I am embarrassed and ashamed of Congress and the unnecessary harm that is being inflicted on our citizens and country. Shutting down the federal government is unacceptable. The voters sent us here to work together and fix problems, not engage in partisan fights to score cheap political points. Today, for the first time in seventeen years, our government is not open. The people of West Virginia rely on their government for essential services like mine safety inspection, Head Start, small business loans and veteran’s benefits, and today, instead of solving problems, we continue to fight.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va:
“In reflecting on nearly 50 years of public service, I can hardly think of a time when a group of lawmakers have acted so recklessly as now. Overseeing the operations of our federal government is a profoundly serious responsibility, entrusted to Congress by the American people. And today, a very vocal few are abdicating that moral and Constitutional responsibility through a vicious campaign to deny health care coverage to millions of Americans.
U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va.
"Tonight the Senate tabled a House amendment that would have required Members of Congress, congressional staff, and political appointees to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges without a special subsidy for coverage."
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.
“I am deeply disappointed that September 30th has come and gone without passage of a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open. On Monday I voted for a continuing resolution that would have averted a government shutdown while at the same time ending the special health insurance subsidy provided to Members of Congress and providing individual Americans with the same delay that President Obama provided to businesses.
W.Va. Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who will be running against Capito for Rockefeller’s Senate seat, issued the following statement:
"Rep. Capito and I have very different values. I always bring people together to solve problems for West Virginians.”
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