First District Families Won’t Forget Rep. Wittman’s Role in Crisis

First District Families Won’t Forget Rep. Wittman’s Role in Crisis

For Immediate Release

October 16, 2013

Contact: Marc Broklawski

First District Families Won’t Forget Rep. Wittman’s Role in Crisis

Reacting to tonight’s pending House vote on a Congressional agreement to reopen the Federal government until January 15 and raise the Debt Ceiling until February 7, Marc Broklawski, the Chair of Virginia’s First Congressional District Democratic Committee, issued the following statement:

It’s going to be a hard candy Christmas after a sequestration summer, followed by this autumn’s shutdown, leading up to a bleak New Year. Thanks for nothing, Congressman Wittman.

Rep. Wittman could have been a leader and prevented this whole fiasco — and the worst thing is we could be right back here in 90 days. We’ve been through this horrible experience of a federal shutdown in the First District where people have lost nearly 3 weeks of pay. This isn’t just hurting federal workers and contractors. Small businesses from Mathews to Prince William and from Williamsburg to Fredericksburg are wounded because of this shutdown — all due to Rob Wittman’s refusal to stand up to his Tea Party pals.

October is Bullying Prevention Month. We know that when there is a bully on the playground beating people up, the heroes aren’t the ones on the sidelines but the person who stops the bully. Congressman Wittman didn’t stop the bullies who took our country hostage. No, instead he is going to parties with them.

At a minimum this debacle has cost the US economy 24 billion dollars. This doesn’t take into account consumer confidence taking it on the chin as we head into the biggest retail quarter of the year. It will take months to recover from the reckless Tea Party bender of the past 16 days. It might be close to Halloween, but don’t be fooled by the guy in the mask demanding tricks or treats at the door. It’s just Rob Wittman. But you don’t have to take the mask off, Congressman, we know who you really are and what you’re about — and it’s not good.

BACKGROUND

Congressman Wittman Has Voted Twelve Times Against Efforts to Re-Open the Government. Congressman Rob Wittman has voted twelve times against efforts to vote on a clean government funding resolution by allowing consideration of the Senate-passed continuing resolution. [H Res 370, Vote #509, 10/02/13; HJ Res 59, Vote #512, 10/02/13; HR 3230, Vote #515, 10/03/13; HJ Res 72, Vote #517, 10/03/13; H Res 371, Vote #519, 10/04/13; HJ Res 85, Vote #521, 10/04/13; HJ Res 75, Vote #523, 10/04/13; HJ Res 77, Vote #527, 10/07/13; HJ Res 84, Vote #529, 10/08/13; HJ Res 90, Vote #536, 10/09/13; HJ Res 79, Vote #539, 10/10/13; HJ Res 76, Vote #541, 10/11/13]

Congressman Wittman Forces Government Shutdown By Changing Rules. Congressman Rob Wittman voted the night of September 30 to change a standing house rule, which would have allowed the Senate’s clean continuing resolution (CR) to proceed to a vote on the House floor by a motion by any member to end the gridlock. Instead, the rule was changed to allow only the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to offer such a motion (Source: TPM).

Congressman Wittman Won’t Force ‘Clean’ CR Vote. Congressman Wittman indicated that he would not sign on to a discharge petition circulated in the House, which would force a vote on a clean CR and potentially end the government shutdown (Source: The Hill).

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