Indiana senators speak out against shutdown

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

As the partial government shutdown continues, Indiana politicians are speaking out against it.

Senator Joe Donnelly called for Congress to end the shutdown and stop hurting the job market.

“At a time when Hoosiers are trying to get back to work and take care of our families, Congress' inability to work together is making it so much more difficult,” he said. “Congress is not helping and is actually hindering job creation and economic growth.”

Donnelly called it “embarrassing” that the actions of some in Congress are now the greatest obstacle to future job creation in the country.

Indiana’s Republican Senator Dan Coats said that it is essential for Congress to come together and fund important programs and departments and not put them in jeopardy because of Washington’s impasse.

"A government shutdown is a pox on both our houses,” said Coats. “We need to do what the people of this great country elected us to do. We need to work to find a solution to the government shutdown. We can't do that if the Democrat chair at the negotiating table is empty."

Coats urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow votes on individual funding bills sent over from the House to assist veterans and military personnel in the reserves and protect Americans from health and safety threats.

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