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What Ohioans Are Saying About the Government Shutdown

Jan 22, 2019

“We are 800,000 real people, with real lives and real responsibilities. We just want to reopen the government and get back to serving the American public.”

 

As President Donald Trump’s government shutdown continues to cause major disruptions to American jobs, businesses, workers, and communities, Ohioans are taking to their local editorial pages to speak out against the shutdown.

Here’s what Ohioans are saying about Trump’s government shutdown:

Thanks to a shutdown that began Dec. 22, more than 800,000 federal workers and their families are wondering how we will put gas in the car, pay the rent and feed their children… We are 800,000 real people, with real lives and real responsibilities. We just want to reopen the government and get back to serving the American public.Steven C., Sagamore Hills

Enough is enough. Sen. Portman and the other GOP Senators need to pressure McConnell or whatever it takes and vote to fund and reopen the government.” Emily T., Oberlin

The shutdown is affecting people of all labels, race, gender and location. It is shameful…Take notes America and then be sure to register to vote. When it is time for our next election, let those responsible for this mess know what we thought of this inconsiderate action against us Americans. Be heard.” Marlene S., Lima

I am disappointed that Sen. McConnell blocked bills to reopen the government. He is abdicating his constitutional responsibilities and is committing malpractice…The government shutdown is harming my family, who are federal employees. The Senate needs to vote to reopen the government immediately. James F., Cleveland

I am proud of my work as a federal employee in service to the country I love…Middle-class federal workers and their families are stretching their pennies until the shutdown is over. Even though pay will be restored eventually, bills still arrive on time even if paychecks don’t, and many federal employees are being forced to make difficult and unnecessary financial decisions to make ends meet. Our legislators in Congress and the president need to stop playing political games with our government’s services and those who provide them.” Dwight S., Cincinnati

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