Campaign 2010

Oct 01, 2013

Two Little, Too Late: The Congressman Scott Rigell Story

From shutdown to sequester, Congressman Scott Rigell’s story is always the same: too little, too late. Last night, Congressman Scott Rigell could have worked across the aisle to prevent a government shutdown, but Congressman Rigell chose to side with the most reckless and irresponsible elements of his own party by voting to shut down the government.

“Congressman Scott Rigell is like a driver who intentionally crashes the car, and then complains that his tires have popped,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Just hours ago, Congressman Rigell had the opportunity to stop this shutdown by supporting a clean continuing resolution – but Congressman Rigell sided with the most reckless and irresponsible elements of his own party and voted to shut down the government, hurting middle class families and defense workers at every level. This has become a pattern with Congressman Rigell: from shutdown to sequester, Congressman Rigell does one thing in Washington, and then says the opposite when he’s confronted with the damaging his action will inflict on Hampton Roads families.”

BACKGROUND:

House Republicans Backed a Plan That Virtually Guaranteed a Government Shutdown. According to the Washington Post: “The U.S. government was poised to shut down for the first time in 17 years late Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Obama’s 2010 health-care law. With a midnight deadline fast approaching, the House voted 228 to 201 to approve the third GOP proposal in two weeks to fund the government – a plan that would delay enforcement of the ‘individual mandate,’ a cornerstone of the legislation that requires all Americans to obtain health coverage in 2014.” [Washington Post, 9/30/13]

  • Headline: Shutdown looms after House approves another delay in Obamacare [Washington Post, 9/30/13]

OMB: Shutdown will Cost $2 Billion. “And why everyone should care: a shutdown will cost, not save, taxpayers’ money. A study from the Office of Management and Budget puts the overall economic price tag for a shutdown around $2 billion.” [ABC News, 9/29/13]

A Shutdown could Delay Financial Support for more than 1,000 Small Businesses a Week. “In FY2012, the SBA’s flagship 7(a) and 504 loans programs supported 53,847 businesses and 609,437 jobs, for an average of just over 1,000 businesses per week. A shut down would put a stop to this critical source of small business credit until the government resumes operation.” [Small Business Administration FY14 Budget Justification, accessed 9/24/13]

First-Time Homebuyers Seeking Government-Backed Mortgages “Could face Delays.” “Many low-to-moderate incomes borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. […] The Federal Housing Administration, which guarantees about 30 percent of home mortgages, wouldn’t underwrite or approve any new loans during the shutdown.” [Associated Press, 9/28/13]

A Number of Head Start Programs “Would Feel the Impact Right Away.” “A small number of Head Start programs, about 20 out of 1,600 nationally, would feel the impact right away. The federal Administration for Children and Families says grants expiring about Oct. 1 would not be renewed. Over time more programs would be affected. Several of the Head Start programs that would immediately feel the pinch are in Florida. It’s unclear if they would continue serving children.” [U.S. News, 9/29/13]


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