Protesters call looming shutdown Republican ‘game playing’
With a potential federal government shutdown looming, a local group today voiced its outrage over what it considers to be Republican “game playing.”
A spokesman for “Budget for All!” said the group this afternoon held “an emergency vigil” at the Republican State Party headquarters on Merrimac Street in Boston to protest the threat of a government shutdown by congressional Republicans, which could happen as soon as Oct. 1.
Participants also planned to deliver a letter urging the state’s Republicans to tell their colleagues in Congress to “stop playing games with people’s lives and the world economy,” according to a statement.
Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government at midnight unless the Affordable Care Act is delayed or defunded. The current federal fiscal year expires today, meaning Congress must pass a continuing resolution to keep the government open beyond that date.
Protesters described themselves as a group of “outraged seniors, government workers, tenants, veterans and others directly affected by the shutdown.”
Democrats who control the Senate were confident today that they would defeat Republicans’ efforts to delay the Affordable Care Act’s reforms and send a “clean” bill to keep the federal government operating back to the House of Representatives.