Government Shutdown Threatens Public Health and Safety


Contact: Alyssa Ritterstein

WASHINGTON – The federal government has shut down after routine funding legislation was held hostage in the House of Representatives. The shutdown affects hundreds of public agencies, including those like EPA, which serve a critical role in protecting Americans from pollution, and leaves thousands of American workers at home.

Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

The childishness in Congress has consequences. It means that public agencies we rely on to protect our communities can’t do their jobs. As result of the shutdown, agencies like EPA won’t be able to ensure that we are safe from toxic pollution. It means that tens of thousands of American workers are being sent home when we need them working.

Some House members are willing to sacrifice the health and safety of American families in their ill-fated attempt to pass a political agenda that they couldn’t win by following the rules.

The government shutdown is just the latest in escalating partisan politics, which delays crucial action to combat climate change and hurts the folks hit hardest by inaction – working folks and the most vulnerable in our nation. And with a crucial mid-October deadline to raise the government’s debt ceiling looming, this type of attack needs to stop so we can get back to work on these important issues.

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