There’s been a lot of talk about whether Congress will pass a budget by the end of this month or let the government shut down.
Here’s what a shutdown would mean:
Nearly all federal programs and the people they work for would suffer. We’re talking delayed military pay and veterans’ benefits. Shutting down Head Start centers, and Meals on Wheels programs. Delayed applications for new Social Security enrollments, and loans for students and small businesses.
One thing is clear: Shutting down the government will hurt the American people.
When some members of Congress talk about a government shutdown, they frame it as a practical bargaining chip.
A government shutdown will shutter crucial services the American people depend on and wreak havoc with our economy.
President Obama has put forth a smart plan for the budget, and he’s said he’s willing to hear new ideas from people on both sides of the aisle. The budget Congress passes needs to continue to grow the economy from the middle out.
Our elected officials shouldn’t use the economy, the budget, or the threat of taking away health care from millions of Americans to score political points. Add your name now, and tell Congress to avoid a government shutdown and pass a smart budget: http://my.barackobama.com/Pass-a-Budget