VIDEO: Udall accuses House of playing politics with budget, and people’s lives

U.S. Senator Mark Udall Thursday night issued a statement saying Congress needs to pass a budget and keep the government running. He accused Republicans in the House of playing politics by using climate change and abortion to score political points.

His statement:

“The American people elected us to work together and get the job done; instead, the debate over a government shutdown is now being held hostage by unrelated Republican policy demands over women’s health services and our clean air laws. I’m calling on Republicans to stop using the budget debate and a government shutdown to score political points,” Udall said. “Military families are worried about receiving their paychecks, farmers are waiting for operating loans to put seed in the ground, and people all over the country are still waiting on their tax refunds. Women’s health services and climate change have nothing to do with funding the government, and I’m disappointed these issues have been raised at the eleventh hour just to sustain conflict and push a government shutdown.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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