Faleomavaega assures Toa o Samoa that they will get their paychecks
Washington, D.C.- — Cong. Faleomavaega yesterday assured our Toa o Samoa that they will continue to receive their paychecks despite the government shutdown. “I want to reassure our many sons and daughters and their families serving bravely in the military that they will continue to receive their paychecks even when the federal government is shutdown. It is important to the Congress and President Obama that we continue to provide for the welfare and support for our troops and that it will always remain a national priority,” Faleomavaega said.
Although non-essential and essential federal employees will be affected by the shutdown, troops and certain military personnel will continue to receive their checks during the shutdown. This was done so by President Obama earlier yesterday.
“Tonight, House Republicans have held the U.S. economy hostage by refusing to pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government, unless a provision is in the law to delay or eliminate Obamacare. I fully support President Obama in not negotiating with those who threaten to run our economy off a cliff to achieve their ideological objectives,” Faleomavaega said last night.
The last shutdown was in 1996 when the federal government was closed for 21 days between December 15, 1995 and January 6, 1996. More than 800,000 federal employees were furloughed during that period. After the 1996 fiscal year shutdown, the Office of Budget and Management estimated the cost of the shutdown estimated to be $2 billion.
“We have no time for political gamesmanship. House Republicans are playing a political game that will have serious negative long term effects on our economy and national security. Instead of attempting to repeal a law that benefits millions of Americans, we should be working to improve our economy and ensuring that our government is open and able to serve the American public. They must come to reality and accept the fact that the reelection of President Obama, maintaining Democratic Majority of the Senate, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling is a true reflection and support of the American people for Obamacare.”
“I will be working closely with my colleagues in the Congress to ensure that a continuing resolution to fund the federal government will pass as quickly as possible. I stand united with members of our Democratic Leadership in support of President Obama and his efforts to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable healthcare and that our government continues to operate,” Faleomavaega concluded.
Source: Media release from Faleomavaega's office
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