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Phyllis Miller: Congress must stop playing games

Posted: October 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

The inability of our elected leaders in Washington to keep the federal government open is appalling.

As a retired federal employee in Palmdale, I was proud to go to work each day to do my part for the country I love.

Now that the government is shut down, federal workers must stay at home and wait.

Federal workers are no longer able to provide the services that we know our fellow Americans rely on.

Because of the shutdown, families may have to cancel trips to national parks, first-time homebuyers may see delays in the processing of federally backed loans, and we will question the safety of the food we eat.

Federal workers are also being penalized in the pocketbook. Even employees who aren’t furloughed will not be paid as long as the government is shut down.

Our representatives in Congress need to stop playing games with our nation’s services and those who provide them.

They must immediately resolve the budget crisis so federal employees across the nation and right here at home can get back to work for our country.

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