Rep. Green Speaks on Government Shutdown’s Effect on Houston
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Gene Green gave remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives on how the government shutdown is harming the people of Houston and the State of Texas.
A copy of his remarks submitted to the Congressional Record is below:
Mr. Speaker, here we are 10 days into Republican shutdown of government services. Now they want to hold the full faith and credit of our country hostage.
This is how it’s hurting the Houston-area economy:
Over 3,100 NASA employees at Johnson Space Center in Houston have been furloughed as a result of the House Majority’s refusal to keep the government open.
The Small Business Administration has closed its Houston office and is unable to issue grants, loans, or provide consulting to small business owners who need guidance during this rough time.
Houston’s regional VA Center has closed. The government shutdown has forced the VA to furlough over 9,000 employees – delaying processing for VA benefits.
If the shutdown continues into late October, payments for more than 3.8 million veterans will stop. We owe it to our nation’s veterans to make good on our commitments to them. We can’t do this with closed facilities.
Mr. Speaker, every day this shutdown is hurting our economy and now threatens our full faith and credit. We cannot negotiate “not paying” our bills that this Congress voted to spend.