September 15, 2015

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Despite holding a majority in both chambers of Congress, congressional Republicans look to be heading towards another federal government shutdown

ANCHORAGE: Talk of yet another government shutdown has taken hold of congressional Republicans. An inter party struggle has the potential to cost the rest of the country dearly. Senator Ted Cruz and a handful of Republican reps have decided to force agovernment shutdown over the funding of Planned Parenthood.

Politico reported that more than 7 out of 10 people prefer not to shutdown the government. This is likely due to the very sour taste the past Republican shutdown left. Republicans’ 2013 shutdown wreaked havoc on the country. According to ABC, the shutdown cost the economy $24 billion and even delayed healthcare to veterans. 

The Washington Post lists 6 issues that could cause a federal government shutdown. Though Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has said he doesn't want a shutdown to happen, the GOP’s intra-party dysfunction has the make up to lead Congress towards a shutdown, according to The Hill.

Here in Alaska, the ability for Congress to pass a budget is of great importance. Earlier this summer the Department of Defense announced that Alaska would see a significant reduction in troop levels. This reduction is a direct result of sequestration, the result of another Republican induced showdown

After the troop reductions were announced, the Alaska Dispatch News reported that if a budget were to be passed, then the troop reductions could be reversed. The ADN also reported that Sen. Murkowski told a constituent that she would not let a government shutdown occur.

“Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Sullivan need to lead their Republican allies away from a shutdown, and actually work towards passing a budget,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party. “Alaskans have a lot to gain from a bipartisan budget.”