U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Rancho Mirage) will hold a press conference Thursday, October 3 to discuss how the government shutdown is affecting people around the nation.
The shutdown occurred Tuesday, October 1 when House Republicans and Senate Democrats were unable to pass a continuing resolution to fund the United States government after Republicans attached multiple measures to the bill to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also referred to as Obamacare.
Within the Coachella Valley, the government shutdown has already disrupted the plans of residents and tourists.
Those vacationing and camping at Joshua Tree National Park were sent home due to the inability of Congress to pass a stopgap budget. The nation’s 401 cultural sites, monuments and national parks remain closed.
Also, persons with pending purchases with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in south Palm Springs will have to wait until after the government shutdown before they find out if those sales will be approved or denied.
If the shutdown continues for at least 30 more days, some of the fixed loan rates on mortgages could potentially expire (forcing buyers to reapply at higher rates) and result in persons resubmitting their financial records.
Boxer, who has been a vocal opponent of allowing the government to shut down, introduced legislation in January that would bar members of Congress from receiving pay during government shutdowns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2011, but the House never came around to a vote.
Fellow Democrat and member of the House, Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert), has also pressured his Republican colleagues regarding the shutdown. After facing criticism from Democrats for voting on a bill — backed by House Republicans — with a provision to delay Obamacare implementation, Ruiz insisted that he has not flip-flopped and that he urged Republicans to pass a “clean” stopgap funding bill.
Boxer, who will speak on the shutdown Thursday, had this to say to her Republican colleagues in the House the Friday before the government shut down. She said,
“Shutting down the Government is a dangerous game Republicans are playing with no winners and only losers.
Republicans are obsessed with stopping the Affordable Care Act but let’s be clear: a government shutdown will not stop the Affordable Care Act. Starting tomorrow, millions of Americans can sign up for affordable health insurance.
So all of this futile brinksmanship brings only chaos and pain, with hundreds of thousands of workers not providing services that people need, bringing a self-inflicted blow to our economy, which will hurt every American.”
Boxer’s press conference will take place Thursday, October 3 in the EPW Hearing Room in Washington, D.C. at the Senate Office Building located on 406 Dirksen at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.