WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley today issued the following statement:
“A government shutdown would be a disaster for the American people and the federal employees who keep our government running. Shutdowns hurt local communities across the country, deny Americans access to government services, and do significant damage to the overall economy.
“During the last partial government shutdown, 800,000 federal employees went five weeks without a paycheck, with half forced to work without pay and another half locked out of their jobs. The U.S. economy also took an $11 billion hit.
“These costly outcomes are completely avoidable. Congress needs to do its job and pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded at current levels while continuing to negotiate a final budget. Nothing less is acceptable.”
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