Costa Calls Looming Shutdown Avoidable, Senseless

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jim Costa blasted House Republican Leadership for their latest political stunt that further endangers the American economy and will likely lead to a government shutdown beginning late Monday night. The House approved partisan legislation that has no chance of clearing the Senate when they meet Monday afternoon to consider stopgap spending measure. Every day that the government is shutdown will cost taxpayers a projected $150 million.

“In this town, many are talking dollars but very few are talking sense,” said Costa.  “Republicans took the low road that will likely lead to a government shutdown at midnight Monday. This situation was completely avoidable, but it looks nearly inevitable at this point.”

President Obama has already threatened to veto the measure that included a one year delay in implementation of the individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act. The Senate will not meet until Monday to consider yet another version of stopgap legislation that must then win approval in the House before midnight.

“This is no time to play games, but that is exactly what happened today. If we go into a government shutdown, it will cost the tax payers $150 million each day and limit the American people’s access to services they expect and deserve. The clock is ticking and few answers seem in sight.”

What Could a Shutdown Mean?

  • Water agency efforts led by Costa to work with the Bureau of Reclamation in order to bring additional operational flexibility and more water to our Valley would be put on hold.
  • The more than 92,000 Social Security recipients in the 16th District could see a delay in processing of their benefits and suspension of customer service assistance.
  • Note: Benefits were still delivered during the last government shutdown in 1995.
  • An estimated 800,000 federal employees nationwide will go on furlough. The 16th District is home to more than 17,000 federal employees.
  • Valley veterans who are already facing a critical backlog in processing claims could face even further disruption in accessing the benefits they earned.
  •  Small businesses would stop receiving loans to expand their operations and hire new employees. In 2011, the Small Business Administration guaranteed more than 1,000 loans per week, which is an activity that would be suspended during a shutdown.
  • Yosemite and other national parks will be closed to the public impacting local communities and businesses that offer services to visitors.