Maloney Opposes Tea Party Proposal to Shut Down Government
Washington, D.C. - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) voted against House Republican's partisan amendment to the Senate’s continuing resolution. These amendments, demanded by Tea Party conservatives, are "far more likely to result in a government shutdown."
“Like my neighbors in the Hudson Valley, I'm tired of these Tea Party manufactured crises and irresponsible demands which will shut down our economy and our government. Instead of working across the aisle to reach a reasonable compromise, radical Republicans want to play a reckless high stakes poker game that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and put Social Security claims, small businesses, veterans benefits, and homeowners at risk.”
Rep. Maloney was formerly a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton. During the Clinton administration, the government went dark twice during which 800,000 workers were sent home during the first shutdown and 284,000 were sent home during the later shutdown. According to the Office of Management and Budget, the two shutdowns cost taxpayers $1.4 billion combined or approximately $2 billion adjusted for today.