Oct 02, 2013
On Shutdown Day, Martha McSally Announces She Wants to Join Reckless Party
Fighting a primary challenge, Martha McSally is launching her third campaign for the Republican nomination for Congress to join the reckless Tea Party extremists who forced today’s shutdown. While workers are furloughed and essential services are threatened, Martha McSally has no problem joining the irresponsible group that would rather send ideological messages than solve the country’s problems.
“House Republicans’ reckless and irresponsible behavior is already taking a toll on Arizona families, and Martha McSally wants to make these problems even worse,” said Matt Inzeo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Martha McSally would fit right in with the Tea Party members who pushed for this shutdown, and we don’t need her to make Washington’s dysfunction even worse.”
House Republicans Backed a Plan That Virtually 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. With a midnight deadline fast approaching, the House voted 228 to 201 to approve the third GOP proposal in two weeks to fund the government – a plan that would delay enforcement of the ‘individual mandate,’ a cornerstone of the legislation that requires all Americans to obtain health coverage in 2014.” [Washington Post, 9/30/13]
Federal Government Shutdown Would Hit Arizona Small Business. “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and many economists all are in agreement that the looming federal government shutdown would hurt the economy and services not only for the poor but also small businesses and tourism. A shutdown could close the Grand Canyon National Park and other national parks. It also would stall small-business loans, Stanton said.” [Phoenix Business Journal, 9/30/13]
Shutdown Could Cost Arizona Millions in Lost Tourism Revenue. “Arizona’s tourism industry stands to lose millions of dollars per day if national parks close as part of a possible federal government shutdown next week. Visitors to Arizona’s national parks spent an average of $2.7 million a day in each of the last two Octobers, according to a National Parks Conservation Association compilation of Park Service numbers. Visitors at Grand Canyon National Park alone spend $1.2 million per day, the association said.” [Arizona Capitol Times, 9/30/13]