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Six Days to Republican-Forced Shutdown

We are six days away from a Republican-forced government shutdown cheered on by the Republican candidates for president – this time all to take health care access away from women.

  • Ted Cruz promised to “lead the fight” to shut down the government in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Donald Trump thinks that Congress should shut down the government over Planned Parenthood.
  • Jeb Bush endorsed the strategy that could shut down the federal government in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Marco Rubio supports the strategy to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • Carly Fiorina said that Congress “should close the government down” in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Ben Carson called on Congress to have the “courage” to exercise their powers and defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Rand Paul said he supports “any legislation that will defund Planned Parenthood” and that Congress should use the “power of the purse” to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • Chris Christie when asked about the government shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood said, “It’s time to get it done.”
  • Bobby Jindal supports the strategy that would shut down the government in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
  • John Kasich is in a difficult situation – he wants to defund Planned Parenthood, and called his role as an architect of an earlier government shutdown “one of the greatest moments of my career.
  • Mike Huckabee suggested defunding Planned Parenthood should be tied to the debt ceiling. Huckabee also wouldn’t rule out using federal troops and the FBI to stop women from having abortions.

Here are just a few of the damaging things that happened the last time Republicans forced an unnecessary government shutdown:

  • The shutdown cost $24 billion.
  • Agencies including the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency had to cancel health and safety inspections.
  • Almost $4 billion in tax refunds were delayed.
  • Federal loans to small businesses, homeowners, and families in rural communities were put on hold.
  • Private-sector lending to individuals and small businesses was disrupted, because banks and lenders couldn’t access government income and Social Security Number verification services.
  • Critical government-sponsored scientific research was put on hold. Notably, four of the five Nobel prize winning scientists who work for the federal government were furloughed during the shutdown.

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