13 Head Start Centers in Bridgeport, CT have had to shut their doors.
Children in need will miss two meals per day that the centers provided.
Over 300 workers at the 13 centers were laid off.
Parents of these children will have to take time off or find other daycare options. Parents who live close to or slightly above the poverty line.
This story reported via NPR Radio.
This is due to the partial government shut-down.
There are good men and women in D. C. who have been elected and want to legislate on behalf of the American people. My hope is that these good people will stand up and make themselves heard.
How can you, Mr. Speaker, allow these things to happen?
What else will you hold us hostage to? October 17th is only a few weeks away.
You and this small group of power players who stand with you—for to you, it seems to me to be a power play—should be grieved at what is happening.
I know that I am grieved when I hear something like this.
…But one faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election. Keeping the people’s government open is not a concession to meet. Keeping vital services running and hundreds of thousands of Americans on the job is not something you give to the other side. It’s our basic responsibility. It’s something that we’re doing for our military and our businesses and our economy and all the hard-working people out there — the person working for the Agricultural Department out in some rural community who’s out there helping some farmers make sure that they’re making some modest profit for all the hard work they’re putting in.
They’re the person working for HUD who’s helping somebody buy a house for the first time. They’re somebody in a VA office who’s counseling one of our vets who’s got PTSD.
That’s who we’re here to serve. That’s why we’re supposed to be carrying out these responsibilities. That’s why we should be avoiding the kinds of constant brinksmanship. It’s something that we do in the ordinary process of this extraordinary system of government that we have. You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway, or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like.
As I watch various news reports this morning, I am profoundly disappointed in our government’s inability to act on the behalf of the American people—especially the middle class and lower income families of this nation.
Their choice to shut down not only affects these two groups, but the economic recovery of our nation.
D. C. Is locked in a power struggle to see who gets to rule and forgets who they are supposed to govern and act on the behalf of—
Us, we the people of the United States.
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