What Congressional delegates are saying about the shut-down

Oct 01, 2013

Senator Burr statement on government shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement regarding the government shutdown:

“Beginning October 1st, the federal government will shut down and all non-essential operations will cease until Congress and the White House reach an agreement to restore funding.

As a result, my offices in Winston-Salem, Asheville, Gastonia, Rocky Mount, and Wilmington will be closed and constituent service operations will be temporarily suspended for the duration of the shutdown. Unfortunately this means that my office will not be able to assist with situations involving Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, immigration matters, passports, the Internal Revenue Service, securing military medals for veterans, or matters pertaining to any other federal government agency. All current enrollees in Social Security and Medicare should see no interruption in their benefits.

Additionally, my office in Washington, D.C. will be operating at very limited capacity to support the core legislative functions needed to end the shutdown and restore government operations.

My colleagues and I are working to resolve this matter as soon as possible.

For information on individual fed agency operating status, please visit the OMB site here.”


Meadows Calls for Senate to Come to the Table on Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. – Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement today regarding the federal government shutdown.


“Today we face the reality of a government shutdown, as the Senate has rejected every solution put forth by the House without a single constructive counterproposal,” Meadows said.  “The House has voted four times to protect the American people from both a shutdown and an unworkable law.  We sent over multiple compromises, each one rejected by Harry Reid.  The Senate’s refusal, by a party-line vote, to even go to conference with the House at this crucial time is the definition of unreasonable.


“The House bill blocked special Obamacare subsidies for Members of Congress and Washington insiders.  By delaying the individual mandate, the bill granted the same reprieve to the American people that President Obama has already given to big business and insurance companies.  It is not fair for Congress and political appointees to get a special deal.  With his repeated rejection of the House’s proposals, it is clear that Harry Reid disagrees.


“While the shutdown is in effect, my Hendersonville and DC offices will remain open to serve the constituents of the 11th District.  Please feel free to contact these offices with questions or concerns.  Our other offices will be closed, and we have suspended all non-essential travel and expenses.  For the duration of the shutdown, I have also requested to have my pay withheld.


“I am willing to do whatever it takes to find a solution that reopens the federal government and protects the hardworking families in Western North Carolina from the harmful consequences of Obamacare.  It is time for the Senate to join the House at the negotiating table and start working on behalf of the American people.”