Date: October 3, 2013
Subject: Government Shutdown in Effect; Social Security Checks, FEMA Assistance Continue
Government Shutdown Update
In recent years, in order to continue funding government services, Congress enacted a “continuing budget resolution” to maintain services and allow the government to operate into the new fiscal year while ongoing deliberations took place about future budget levels. However, this year, the current resolution expired at midnight on September 30, causing the government to shut down for the first time in 17 years. I do not support shutting down the federal government, which employs more than 40,000 workers in Colorado, and I have been fighting efforts to do so every step of the way.
Despite having weeks and many different bipartisan opportunities to pass a clean budget to maintain funding and government services, House Republicans, led by their Tea Party members, refuse to pass a continuing resolution unless President Obama and Democrats agree to their demands by repealing and/or delaying the Affordable Care Act. This law already is providing access to affordable health insurance for millions of American families and individuals. These new insurance marketplaces opened on October 1 and are currently enrolling millions of Americans in private health insurance plans.
It is wrong to hold our government, federal workers, and so many of the hardworking people in the 7th Congressional District hostage to continue taking pointless votes. Despite this gamesmanship by Tea Party Republicans, I will continue to be accessible to help my constituents in the 7th District work on flood relief and other critical assistance during this difficult time.
It’s important to know that some essential government services will continue, such as delivery of social security and veterans’ benefits. Please feel free to call my district office at 303.274.7944 if you have questions regarding how the shutdown might impact you.
What federal government services will continue:
Resources for furloughed federal employees
If you are a federal government employee who is furloughed because of the shutdown, you may be eligible to file for unemployment assistance from the state of Colorado. Click here to apply.
Flood recovery efforts continue
Already, Colorado has made great progress in disaster relief efforts and reconstruction. I have seen many examples of altruism and charity in our communities, and I am proud to represent such resilient, hardworking men and women. The floods caused devastation across much of the 7th Congressional District, but we have again proved we come together and support one another in the face of hardship. If you are in need of assistance, resources are are available.
Additionally, Disaster Recovery Centers are now open in Adams and Jefferson Counties:
Congressman Ed Perlmutter