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Nevada Dems slam Republicans ahead of possible government shutdown

Catherine Cortez Masto
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FILE - Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., who is running for reelection, speaks about prescription drug prices during a news conference on April 26, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cortez Masto faces Republican challenger Adam Laxalt in the November election.

Democrats are slamming far-right Republicans who they say are putting the country at risk with a shut down if they don’t get their way.

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto said the handful of hard line Republicans are reneging on a bipartisan deal which has already been agreed upon.  

“Quite honestly, they don’t even want to live within the agreement that Speaker McCarthy entered into with the President for spending limits, which we in the Senate have agreed to," she said.

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She went on to say a government shutdown will have a serious effect on Nevada.

Congresswoman Susie Lee, on the house floor, blasted these Republicans for "holding the country hostage." She said she spent the weekend talking with her constituents in Las Vegas about the potential impact of a shutdown and thinks the Republicans should hear what this will mean to “real people.”

“Maybe those members should have spent the weekend talking to the thousands of TSA workers who are going to be forced to work without pay," she said. "Or the 53,000 women and children in Nevada whose vital nutrition assistance will be put in jeopardy. Or the tens of thousands of Nevadans whose Medicare and Social Security inquiries will be put on hold.”

Republican Congressman Mark Amodei told the Las Vegas Review-Journal government shutdowns are "ineffective."

Unless lawmakers can come to an agreement or even pass a temporary plan, also known as a continuing resolution, the government shutdown will likely take place Oct. 1.

Yvette Fernandez is KNPR’s daily news reporter and announcer. She joined the station September 2021.
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