An email to supporters from Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, parlaying off the finding of most polls finding that Americans are more inclined to blame the GOP from the current logjam in Congress:
I want to apologize for the partisan gridlock over the budget that a handful of irresponsible and reckless right-wing members of the U.S. House of Representatives have instigated.
They have managed to shut down many of the federal government's services and programs simply because they couldn’t get their own way and get rid of the country's health care law.
Consider: More than 70 percent of our intelligence community has been furloughed, despite the ongoing threats that terrorists pose to our country; many of the workers in our nation's space program have been sent home; and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center has had to stop seeing hundreds of patients.
We need Americans to speak out and tell this small group of right-wing extremists to stop! Can you add your voice to such an effort?
Sign on to my open letter now -- and urge these House extremists to drop their outrageous demands and reopen the government.
Thanks for joining me in speaking out.
P.S. This week, I spoke more about the federal government shutdown. If you're interested, you can watch video of my remarks here. Then please be sure to sign my open letter.