Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Shutdown Will Hurt Our Hard-Working Families and Economy

October 1, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard released the following statement on the government shutdown early this morning:

“I am deeply disappointed by the political rhetoric and games that have been played over the past week. Valid concerns and issues have been raised, but are issues that should be debated and solved without holding our government hostage, with countless people in Hawai‘i and across the nation feeling the brunt of the painful impacts. I encourage my constituents to review the resources available on my website during the shutdown, as I continue to work towards a common-sense solution to this unnecessary shutdown as soon as possible.”


A timeline of Congresswoman Gabbard’s actions to avert the government shutdown is below:

September 20 – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard votes against a damaging short-term funding bill that maintained arbitrary budget cuts and defunded Obamacare entirely:

  • “Holding our economy hostage, creating a hostile and uncertain environment for everyone from small business owners to the military, continuing these indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts hurts hard-working families in Hawai‘i and across the country. Congress has a responsibility to work together to rise above partisan politics and pass legislation that does not create yet another self-imposed crisis every few months.”

September 26: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduces a bill to protect military pay if government shuts down:

  • “A politically driven government shutdown hurts our economy, our hard-working families, and our military. While the best outcome would be to work together to find a solution and avoid a damaging government shutdown that will hurt all of our federal employees, the Military Pay Protection Act is a first step toward ensuring our troops and their families do not become victims of this unnecessary shutdown.  Those who are serving and sacrificing for our nation should not face uncertainty at home about whether they will be able to feed their families or pay their mortgage.”

September 27 – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announces she will return her pay to the US Treasury for every day the government is shut down:

  • “If a common-sense agreement is not reached,  our hard-working troops, law enforcement and other essential personnel will continue to report for duty while receiving no pay, leaving their families at home with nothing but uncertainty. In a shutdown, tens of thousands of Hawai‘i families will bear this burden; I want them to know I will stand with them.”

September 28 – Following Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s call, the House votes to protect military pay if the government shuts down:

  • “Our troops on the front lines and their families back home do not deserve to be the victims of partisan games in Washington. Ensuring our troops continue to be paid is common sense and I’m glad that our call to protect these selfless heroes is being heard.  While it’s encouraging that this provision to pay our servicemembers in the event of a shutdown is being considered, it does little to prevent a government shutdown in the first place.”

September 29 – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard votes for a second time against a damaging short-term funding bill that maintained arbitrary budget cuts:

  • “We need a reasonable, workable solution, not partisan games that will hurt hard-working families all across Hawai‘i and our country. We have many issues that deserve our attention and urgent challenges to tackle in Congress, but holding our economy and our federal government hostage is not the way to address them.”

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