Simpson apologizes for government shutdown
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the 33rd day of the government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, apologized to Idahoans for suffering due to the federal stalemate.
Simpson’s office released a statement on Wednesday condemning the actions of legislators and government officials.
“Like all Americans, I am extremely frustrated in Congress’ inability to compromise. My message to Idahoans is that I am sorry for the failure of your elected leaders to fulfill their most basic duty. We are a diverse nation with many different viewpoints, but all Americans expect their government to continue functioning, day in and day out.
“I strongly believe there has to be a way to address our nation’s significant policy disagreements without causing Americans to suffer the uncertainty of a shutdown, and that is the outcome I will continue working toward with my colleagues until it is resolved.
“I have encouraged my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come to the table with serious proposals that could end this crisis immediately. The shutdown has gone on far too long with far too little progress until this point. The President brought forward a thoughtful compromise over the weekend, but I was yet again disappointed that the Democrats dismissed the proposal before details were even announced. Americans deserve real negotiations that result in meaningful progress — not partisan pandering.”
Major effects on Idaho include thousands of furloughed workers, a large reduction in Forest Service activity to prevent wildfires and a severe backlog of maintenance on public lands and National Parks, Simpson said.