Sierra Club Statement on Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This evening, the federal government officially shut down after House Republicans refused to pass routine legislation to fund the government without toxic political riders.
As a result, hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country will be temporarily out of work. Our national parks are closed -- to everyone but oil and gas drillers. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will furlough 9 out of every 10 employees, leaving vulnerable Americans with almost no one to monitor pollution that could make them sick.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
"House Republicans have refused to pass routine legislation to fulfill the most basic aspect of their job: keeping the government open and working for American families.
The government shutdown we now face means no cops on the beat against toxic pollution. It means that we’ll have to dress like oil executives if we want to visit our national parks and monuments. It means hundreds of thousands of Americans are at home instead of at work. And it means House Republicans who couldn't achieve their reckless agenda through elections or legislation are willing to sacrifice the health of our families and our communities to simply score political points.
The Sierra Club's 2.1 million members and supporters agree with President Obama and Senator Reid: any proposal demanding that Americans sacrifice the health of our planet and our communities in exchange for keeping the government open is not a deal, but blackmail of the worst kind. Rather than make the American people pay the cost in lost jobs and polluted air and water, House Republicans need to ditch the political posturing and get back to work.”