Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia on Government Shutdown

One might wonder what that looks like or who is affected.

Today’s Arizona Republic offered a stark view of what that might be.

The Republic’s list included:

- The suspension of child and elderly abuse allegations.
- The suspension of services to victims of domestic violence.
- The inability to track public health outbreaks (during a H1N1 “swine flu” outbreak).
- The suspension of newborn screenings.
- The Motor Vehicles Division could not issue driver’s licenses, inspect cars or register vehicles leaving unsafe vehicles on the road.
- All state highway construction would stop.
- All state parks would close.
- Thousands of state workers would not get paid.

It absolutely cannot come to this. Each day the infighting continues, the people of Arizona are put more at risk.

Mr. President, it is past time to transmit the budget bills to the Governor.

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