Matheson Statement on Government Shutdown10/01/13
For the first time in 17 years, our government is shut down due to partisan bickering over spending. Tonight the leadership of both parties allowed political games to stand in the way of keeping our government open for business.
Again today I voted for two provisions: one, to remove the Member and staff exemption from Obamacare, and two, to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year. I accepted these specific provisions because I support the policies.
However, my top priority, and where our attention should be focused, is to keep the government operating. I am disappointed that the leadership of the House of Representatives lost sight of what should have been a straight up or down vote on a funding bill. Now more than ever, it is critically important that we work together in the name of getting things done.