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Countdown to Shutdown: Why Mike Bishop Would Make Washington Worse

As we approach the one year anniversary of the federal government shutdown, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is highlighting how Mike Bishop twice shut down the government in Lansing. Bishop would only make Washington worse if he was elected to Congress and his record makes it clear he would join his leadership in the reckless shutdown that took a hammer to the Michigan economy.

“When Mike Bishop led the Michigan Senate Republicans, he shut the government down twice, holding the entire state hostage until he got his way,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “With last year’s government shutdown that cost the economy $24 billion dollars, Michigan voters have 24 billion reasons not reward another politician like Mike Bishop who put his own agenda ahead of results.”


Bishop Presided Over Two Government Shutdowns in Michigan Senate. In 2014 the Huffington Post reported: “Bishop has been blamed by many for a part in helping cause Michigan’s brief government shutdowns in 2007 and 2009 under former governor Jennifer Granholm (D).” [Huffington Post, 4/07/14]

Federal Government Shutdown Took $24 Billion Out of the Economy. “The shutdown also forced non-government business losses, temporary layoffs and other interruptions in business spending. The full extent of the damage won’t be known for some time. Economists at Standard & Poor’s estimate the total cost at about $24 billion, or a 0.6 percent GDP haircut. Others guess it’s about half that. Either way, it’s a heavy price to pay.”  [NBC News, 10/17/13]


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