Stanton: Washington's 'Culture of Gridlock' Unacceptable

Sept. 30, 2013

Greg Stanton, With Caption 137 x 225 pixelsThe inability of members of Congress to reach a budget deal and careen toward a government shutdown is yet another example of how Washington's "culture of gridlock" trumps doing what is right for the American people, Mayor Greg Stanton said today.  

"This is a perfect example of why people are so frustrated with politics, and why they continue to lose faith in Congress' ability to get the job done," said Stanton.  "Partisan politics should never get in the way of good faith negotiation and compromise, but that has become a matter of course for those in Washington.  A government shut down hurts real people – and it is time to stop hurting real people because politicians won’t do their job."


A federal government shut down would immediately affect many important services including the approval of federal home, student and small business loans, and some veterans' benefits.  

National parks – including the Grand Canyon National Park, which sees more than 10,000 visitors each day during the month of October – would close immediately.  Tourists spent an average of $2.7 million each day at Arizona’s national parks during each of the two last Octobers.  The National Park Service employs 1,135 people in the state.

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