First Congressional District Democratic Chair Calls on Congressman Wittman to “Walk the Talk” to End the House GOP Shutdown

First Congressional District Democratic Chair Calls on Congressman Wittman to “Walk the Talk” to End the House GOP Shutdown

For Immediate Release

October 2, 2013

Contact: Marc Broklawski

With today’s statement from Congressman Wittman saying that he will vote for a clean CR to end the federal government shutdown, Marc Broklawski, Chair of the First Congressional District Democratic Committee, said, “I’m glad to hear that Congressman Wittman has finally seen the light and is now saying that he will vote for a clean CR.”

Citing an article in today’s The Hill newspaper and Talking Points Memo, Broklawski said, “Unfortunately, Congressman Wittman failed to vote for a clean CR when there was an opportunity to do so this afternoon.”

“Now it’s time to walk the talk,” Broklawski continued. “Let’s see good ol’ Virginia bipartisan leadership. I encourage Congressman Wittman to work with the other members of the Virginia delegation who have also said that they will vote for a clean CR. Together, they should press the House Republican leadership to bring a clean CR up for a vote immediately, to end this shutdown once and for all.”

“We’re continuing to watch what Congressman Wittman says and most importantly, how he votes or doesn’t vote,” said Broklawski.

The First Congressional District runs from Fauquier and Prince William to Newport News, with tens of thousands of residents dependent on the federal government for jobs and services.

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Wittman Voted to “Block Vote on Re-Opening Government.” Congressman Wittman voted to block consideration of a vote on a clean government funding resolution. According to Talking Points Memo, “The House rejected Wednesday an effort by House Democrats to put a clean temporary spending bill on the floor, closing one opportunity to re-open the federal government.” Following the vote, Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted “House rejects effort to consider clean CR to re-open gov’t on procedural vote. 230 to 194.” [HJ Res 59, Vote #512, 10/02/13; Talking Points Memo, 10/02/13; Twitter, 10/02/13]

Congressman Rob Wittman: A constituent of Wittman’s sent The Huffington Post an email she got from the congressman indicating he would vote for a clean funding bill but hasn’t had “an opportunity to do so at this point.” [Huffington Post, 10/1/13]

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