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Jul 29, 2014

10 Days, 10 Reasons Congressman Southerland is Out of Touch With North Florida

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Congressman Steve Southerland has repeatedly proven that his Washington Way is out touch with North Florida’s values. That’s why each day for the next 10 days, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will highlight the top 10 reasons why Congressman Southerland’s dysfunctional politics represent everything North Floridians hate about Congress.

Today’s reason: Congressman Steve Southerland shut down the government – costing taxpayers $24 billion dollars, hurting seniors, veterans and working families while delivering a self-inflicted wound to North Florida’s economy.  

“Congressman Steve Southerland has repeatedly proven that his Washington Way is totally out of touch with North Florida’s values,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Southerland’s shutdown cost taxpayers billions, denied seniors and veterans critical services and took money out of the pockets of working families – and that’s just one example of how Congressman Southerland’s dysfunctional politics represent everything North Floridians hate about Congress.”

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Southerland Voted to Shut Down the Government.  In September 2013, House Republicans voted for Continuing Resolution spending plans that essentially guaranteed a government shutdown. According to the Washington Post: “The U.S. government was poised to shut down for the first time in 17 years late Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Obama’s 2010 health-care law.” [HJ RES. 59, Vote #478, 9/20/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #497, 9/29/13; HJ RES. 59, Vote #498, 9/29/13; HJ Res. 59, Vote #504, 9/30/13; Washington Post, 9/30/13]

Congressman Southerland’s Shutdown Closed Tyndall Air Force Base Commissary, Forcing Military Families to Pay More for Groceries. In October 2013, the commissary at Tyndall Air Force Base was forced to close due to the government shutdown, “forcing military families to pay higher food prices — and state and local taxes — at civilian food stores.” [WMBB, 10/02/13; LA Times, 10/06/13]

2 Million Workers Saw Paychecks Delayed During Shutdown. According to the Washington Post, 1.3 million “essential” employees and an additional 800,000 “non-essential” employees saw their pay delayed by the government shutdown. [Washington Post, 10/03/13]

Congressman Southerland’s Shutdown Cost Taxpayers $24 Billion. “$24 billion. That’s according to an estimate from Standard & Poor’s. The financial services company said the shutdown, which ended with a deal late Wednesday night after 16 days, took $24 billion out of the U.S. economy, and reduced projected fourth-quarter GDP growth from 3 percent to 2.4 percent.” [Time, 10/17/13]