U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican from Miami, has little sympathy for her colleagues who are trying to make an ideological point with the goverrnment shutdown.
"While financial and budget issues are often the cause of much noise from Washington, this year’s ultimate failure is a reminder that political posturing can quickly lead to terrible consequences for the everyday lives of American families, businesses, and their futures,'' said the statement released by Ros-Lehtinen's office this morning.
"The American people send us to Washington to work together for the betterment of our great nation; not for ourselves,'' Ros-Lehtinen was quoted as saying. "It’s way past time for all parties to work together in a genuine, bipartisan and adult manner to end this unnecessary government shutdown. This is not some abstract exercise. It has real consequences for our communities and our families. It’s high time to end the political showmanship, and together, create a solution."
Her statement called the federal shutdown "an alarming event" caused by federal leaders who "were unable, or unwilling, to reach an agreement on how to fund its operations."