Democratic Party of Oregon Statement on Republican Shut Down

Sep 29, 2023

PORTLAND, OR – Oregon Democrats on Friday released a statement calling on Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer and her fellow Congressional Republicans to do the job of governing instead of continuing to threaten the well-being of their constituents. In Under an extreme Republican shutdown:

  • Servicemembers will be at risk of not getting their paychecks
  • Parents and children who count on WIC will be turned away at grocery store counters
  • Small businesses would face an average daily delay of $2 million in small business financing in Oregon alone
  • Families in rural areas won’t have access to USDA housing loans
  • More than 13,000 air traffic controllers and 50,000 Transportation Security Officers would have to show up to do their critical jobs without getting paid

Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, Dr. Rosa Colquitt, said Rep. DeRemer and House Republicans have a responsibility to their constituents first.

“Representative Lori Chavez-DeRemer has failed Congressional District 5 and Oregon. An extreme Republican shutdown would leave almost 80,000 Oregonians – including children and infants – without food assistance and would grind 80 disaster recovery and preparedness projects in our state to a halt,” Colquitt said. “Further, the active duty service members in Oregon deserve to receive their paychecks. Republicans are once again threatening actual harm to our nation’s citizens over extreme, harmful, partisan demands that have no hope of passing the Senate or becoming law.”

Colquitt called upon Republican Representatives Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Cliff Bentz to do more to oppose the extreme shutdown.

“Lori Chavez-DeRemer’s tweets don’t do anything to help Oregon’s working families. Oregonians deserve real action from the Republican members of our delegation, not more lip-service.”