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Government shutdown ‘hurts the American people’

Members of the Cabinet watch as President Barack Obama makes a televised statement on a possible government shutdown, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Sept. 30. Photo: David Lienemann/The White House

Members of the Cabinet watch as President Barack Obama makes a televised statement on a possible government shutdown, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Sept. 30. Photo: David Lienemann/The White House

This week, the Obama administration released a statement on how the government shutdown “hurts the American people.”

It reads:

“Americans across the country won’t be allowed to show up for work. Paychecks could be delayed, meaning some folks will have to cut back on groceries or maybe even not pay a few bills. Businesses will have fewer customers. Veterans won’t get services they rely on — and it will put benefits for seniors at risk. Even though they’ve already voted over 40 times to defund or delay the health care law, this group of Republicans in Congress is so obsessed with the idea of sabotaging Obamacare that they’re willing to take the economy hostage to do it.”

According to the statement, a one-week shutdown could cost the economy about $10 billion. Veterans and seniors will suffer. More than two million seniors will lose services providing healthy meals. Mothers and children will not be able to access WIC benefits for nutrition assistance and thousands of American workers will not get paid.

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