Ho­gan calls for end to gov­ern­ment shut­down

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan joined with Vir­ginia Gov­er­nor Ralph Northam and Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser last week to is­sue an im­pas­sioned call to fed­eral lead­ers to end the par­tial fed­eral gov­ern­ment shut­down, which is cur­rently in its 14th day.

In a let­ter to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Mi­nor­ity Leader Kevin Mc­Carthy, the re­gional lead­ers write:

“As our fed­eral em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors ex­pe­ri­ence a sud­den loss of in­come, this not only causes fi­nan­cial hard­ship for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies, but also deals a sig­nif­i­cant blow to our re­gion’s econ­omy. Hard-work­ing fed­eral em­ploy­ees and those who de­pend on them should not have to suf­fer be­cause of this par­ti­san stand­off.”

Not­ing that their three ju­ris­dic­tions are home to hun­dreds of thou­sands of fed­eral work­ers and con­trac­tors, they con­tinue: “A pro­longed shut­down not only hurts our lo­cal economies and bud­gets, but also poses a threat to our nat­u­ral re­sources, pub­lic health, and safety...The longer this shut­down lasts, im­pacts will be more com­pounded on state and lo­cal bud­gets, im­por­tant gov­ern­ment ser­vices, and the econ­omy at large. Con­tain­ing the dam­age starts with re­open­ing the gov­ern­ment as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Re­fer­ring to the cur­rent im­passe as a “fail­ure of lead­er­ship,” Gov­er­nor Ho­gan, Gov­er­nor Northam, and Mayor Bowser con­clude with a call for bi­par­ti­san­ship and to seek com­mon sense so­lu­tions:

“Im­pos­ing this un­nec­es­sary hard­ship on fed­eral em­ploy­ees is un­ac­cept­able and rep­re­sents a fail­ure of lead­er­ship. We urge you to fully con­sider the im­pact that a shut­down has on the na­tional cap­i­tal re­gion and the coun­try. We ask that you reach across the aisle to find a path for­ward and end this stale­mate to­day so the fed­eral em­ploy­ees in our re­gion and across the coun­try can get back to work.”

Pre­vi­ously, on De­cem­ber 21, Gov­er­nor Ho­gan joined with Gov­er­nor Steve Bul­lock (D-MT) to call for an end to the shut­down on be­half of the Na­tional Gov­er­nors As­so­ci­a­tion. Gov­er­nor Ho­gan is cur­rently vice-chair and chair­elect of the NGA.

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