"Capito and her colleague [McKinley] voted late last night to shut down the government for purely political reasons, the ultimate in obstruction and dysfunction."
Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., said Tuesday afternoon, "Shutting down our federal government did not have to happen. A minority of the majority in the House has forced an unnecessary political showdown.
"Many moderate Republicans, in good conscience, do not want a shutdown. Republican and Democrat constituencies will both feel the bite of this tragic lapse in the most basic constitutional obligation to fund the people's government.
"From seniors and veterans to our youngest and most innocent, earned and deserved services will be lacking. Each passing day of a shutdown wastes taxpayer dollars, harms business and industry, and, of course, hurts the economy and job creation," Rahall said.
"Beginning today, hundreds of hard-working families will have their pay cut off, while Shelley Moore Capito and her wealthy tea party friends continue to receive their pay checks," Puccio said. "She made a very clear choice to support the Washington way at the expense of West Virginia families."
Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat who recently announced she is running against Capito for the Senate seat from which Rockefeller is retiring, said Tuesday, "Rep. Capito and I have very different values. I always bring people together to solve problems for West Virginians.
"Rep. Capito is part of the problem in Washington, voting again late last night to shut down the government to the cheers of Washington special interests. This shutdown will hurt West Virginia families, seniors and veterans and I would have done whatever I could to avoid it," Tennant said.
Rockefeller said, "Even in times of deep disagreement, it's wrong to hold one issue hostage to another. Sadly, that is the only thing Republicans can say they've accomplished today.
"They do not have all of the answers, and to pretend otherwise is the worst kind of arrogance because it doesn't happen in a vacuum. It has very real economic and personal consequences for West Virginia and our country."
Delegate Meshea Poore, D-Kanawha, who plans to run for Capito's House seat, said, "My heart not only goes out to the hundreds of thousands of government workers who are fearing for their future, but to our veterans, senior citizens, and working families, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck.
"West Virginia families should not be forced to suffer because of political partisanship and grandstanding," Poore said. "Congress, it's time to get back to work! Shut down this shutdown!"
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