Letter to Colorado Senators
January 18, 2019
Dear Senators Bennet and Gardner:
It’s time to end the longest shutdown of the federal government in history. This unnecessary shutdown is hurting hardworking families in our state and is impacting Colorado’s quality of life.
The more than 53,000 federal employees who call Colorado home are dedicated public servants who deserve to go back to work and to be paid for their hard work. Roughly 15,000 of these federal workers did not receive a paycheck last week. As a result, they are struggling to make rent, mortgage or car loan payments, to pay for utility or medical bills and to keep food on the table.
More than 1,000 federal workers have filed for unemployment assistance
because of the financial strains of this shutdown, according to a recent
In addition, 220,000 vulnerable families and individuals who rely on the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are feeling the squeeze of this shutdown.
Furthermore, we are concerned about the long-term impacts the federal
Shutdown will have on our state and nation’s economy. Colorado’s
businesses, farmers and brewers are at risk and the lingering effects of
this shutdown will have lasting consequences on our treasured National
Parks, as well as Colorado’s thriving outdoor industry and the jobs and
communities it supports.
When the federal government shut down for 16 days in 2013, the U.S. economy lost $24 billion. A recent report showed that this shutdown could cost our state over $201 million per month. This shutdown just entered its 28th day, and we are concerned about the devastating impacts it will have the longer it goes on.
We are thankful to the individuals, organizations and responsible
businesses who are assisting our fellow Coloradans in this time of trouble
We encourage you to use your position in the Senate to advocate for
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up and pass the House-approved legislation that would reopen the federal government. Please do everything in your power to convince the President, the administration and Senate leadership to end this deadlock and work to re-open the federal government.
Susan Lontine, et. al.