Where Sacramento-area members of Congress stand on government shutdown

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 - 5:57 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 - 1:55 am

Here is where Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinsein and Sacramento-area U.S. representatives stand on the government shutdown, which began Oct. 1. Bee research by Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau. Statements and video from the member websites.

Rep. Ami Bera

D-Elk Grove

Position on health care law: Supports

Shutdown pay status: No pay

Shutdown staff status: Maintaining entire staff

Oct. 1: "I'm disappointed and frustrated that Congress failed the American people tonight, allowing the government to shut down because of pointless partisan politics. This is not what the American people want or need. We must stop the finger pointing, start acting like adults, and do the job we were elected to do: pass a responsible budget. I am ready to keep working on this issue with people from both parties until we find a solution, and I hope that it is resolved soon. Our leaders must find the courage to put the American people first."


Rep. John Garamendi

D-Walnut Grove

Position on health care law: Supports

Shutdown pay status: Will donate salary to charity

Shutdown staff status: Maintaining entire staff

Sept. 30: "Republican Governors and Senators, conservative newspapers, Wall Street, and major business groups have repeatedly and clearly warned Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives against shutting down the government in an attempt to defund and delay the Affordable Care Act. Instead of heeding this counsel, House Republican Leadership has thus far decided to listen to the Tea Party faction in Congress, which is dedicated to and even celebrating a government shutdown. Meanwhile, the Democrat-led Senate passed a bill to keep the government operating.

"Ironically, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will continue even with a shutdown."


Rep. Doug LaMalfa

R-Richvale

Position on health care law: Opposes

Shutdown pay status: Taking pay

Shutdown staff status: Maintaining entire staff

Sept. 30: "This nation was founded on the belief that the law applies to every citizen equally, yet Nancy Pelosi thinks she and other Washington insiders should be exempt from the President's health care take over. Perhaps once Pelosi and Harry Reid are required to live under the law they've forced on the rest of the nation, they'll recognize how disastrous the impacts on Americans really are. It's time to end the special treatment: Congress should live by same rules as you do.

"The Senate placed the nation in a precarious position after refusing to negotiate and leaving the Capitol this weekend. After the House passed a measure to prevent a government shutdown for the third time, I'm hopeful that the Senate will finally take some responsibility, do what is right for our nation and pass this bill. The Senate has two choices: close their Obamacare loophole and fund the government, or ignore their responsibilities and force a shutdown. I think it's clear what the right decision is."


Rep. Doris Matsui

D-Sacramento

Position on health care law: Supports

Shutdown pay status: Taking pay

Shutdown staff status: Maintaining entire staff

Sept. 28: "With only two days left to avert a shutdown of the government House Republican leadership chose to once again play partisan politics. The bill passed today guarantees a government shutdown, which will hurt our economy, threaten job creation and leave both families and our country with less certainty and stability.

"The American people have made it clear that they do not want a government shutdown. It is time for Congress to pass a clean CR that will keep the government running. This issue is too important to play politics with."


Rep. Tom McClintock

R-Elk Grove

Position on health care law: Opposes

Shutdown pay status: Refused to answer

Shutdown staff status: Refused to answer

Oct. 1: "Ironically, House Republicans have been accused of a 'my way or the highway' approach. Yet the record is quite the opposite: House Republicans compromised and compromised and compromised, only to be met with absolute intransigence at the door of the Senate."


Sen. Barbara Boxer

Democrat

Position on health care law: Supports

Shutdown pay status: No pay

Shutdown staff status: California offices mostly shut down; DC office appointment only

Sept. 30: "We are here to make sure the women of America and the men who care about them know that the Republican's latest shutdown plan continues their war on women. Shutting down the Government is a dangerous game Republicans are playing with no winners and only losers.

"Republicans are obsessed with stopping the Affordable Care Act but let's be clear: a government shutdown will not stop the Affordable Care Act. ... So all of this futile brinksmanship brings only chaos and pain, with hundreds of thousands of workers not providing services that people need, bringing a self-inflicted blow to our economy, which will hurt every American."


Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Democrat

Position on health care law: Supports

Shutdown pay status: No pay

Shutdown staff status: California offices mostly shut down; DC office curtailed

Oct. 1: "I come to the floor this afternoon as the chairman of the Intelligence Committee in order to speak about the effect the government shutdown is starting to have on the intelligence community and what effect it will have if the shutdown continues.

Let me give the most important figure up front. Across the intelligence communities, 72 percent of the civilian workforce is being furloughed. This means that with the exception of a few intelligence agencies that have a significant number of military personnel, the lights are being turned off and the majority of the people who produce our intelligence, analyze that intelligence, and provide warning of terrorist attacks or advise policymakers of major national security events will be prevented from doing their jobs. Simply stated, this is unacceptable. The failure of this Congress to perform its most basic functions means that our country is at heightened risk of terrorist attack."

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