U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following statement on the latest attempt by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives to push the nation to a government shutdown:
“Shutting down the government over an issue that was settled in the last election isn’t leadership, it’s political gamesmanship at its worst.
“A shutdown would cause hardship for thousands of people in New Mexico, hurt our already struggling economy, and delay military pay and veterans’ benefits. It would be an insult to the workers at New Mexico’s labs, military bases, and national parks and monuments. And it would come at a time when communities across our state desperately need disaster assistance to recover from the recent floods.
“The American people are rightly disgusted with the partisan games they see out of Washington. There’s still time for the House to come to an agreement. I hope reason will prevail among my House colleagues, and they will stop holding the nation hostage for their political gain.”