Himes blames GOP’s “childish demands” for shutdown

ABOVE: U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., spoke to reporters in Stamford last week about a possible government shutdown.

STAMFORD — U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., slammed his Republican colleagues Tuesday for what he described as an “avoidable and irresponsible government shutdown.”

Himes released this statement about the shutdown, the country’s first in 17 years:

“As we emerge from another late night session and move into the beginning of an avoidable and irresponsible government shutdown, I remain amazed by my colleagues’ unwillingness to put their own political agendas aside and do their job. As the President said, it is the job of Congress to ensure our government has the funding and the authorization it needs to stay open to help the American people.

“But because of the House Majority’s wish list of demands – including defunding or delaying health care reform just as it is going into effect – passport offices will shutter, businesses will see their federal contracts and loans delayed, and hundreds of federal employees living in Connecticut will be furloughed. Estimates show the American economy will suffer substantially if the government shuts down. “

“It is absolutely ridiculous that Congress would continue down this path of intransigence as the American people demand we find compromise and keep the government running. In the coming days, I will continue urging my colleagues to come to the table, leave their childish demands at home, and pass a clean resolution to fund the United States government.”

Himes, who represents Connecticut’s fourth Congressional district, spoke with reporters in Stamford last week about the impact of a potential government shutdown. Read Advocate reporter Richard Lee’s coverage here.

Himes’ fellow Connecticut Congressman, U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., had even louder words for House Republicans over the shutdown. Watch his remarks here, via Politico: