After insisting that they did not want to shutdown the government, a prominent Republican congresswoman told Fox News Tuesday morning that closing down the federal government could actually help the American people.
Appearing on Fox & Friends just hours after Republicans in the House failed to pass a “clean” continuing resolution to keep the government open for 6 more weeks, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) — a prominent party messenger — joked that keeping the government closed will probably help the public realize that they didn’t need it in the first place.
“You know, I think you may see a partial shutdown for several days. But [Fox and Friend co-host] Steve [Doocy], people are probably going to realize they can live with a lot less government than what they thought they needed,” she said, prompting host Brian Kilmeade to add, “it’s like the sequester all over.” Watch it:
In reality, aside from the 800,000 federal employees who will not get paid during the shutdown, almost every aspect of government that does not serve to protect human life or property will be affected.
For instance, Small Business Administration will stop making loans, federal home loan guarantees will likely go on hold, and students applying for financial aid could also see delays and backlogs in applications. The people who need government services most will also feel the brunt of the shutdown. If the shutdown lasts more than a few days, for instance, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program could see their assistance dry up, leaving them food-insecure.
Blackburn indicated that she was in no rush to re-open the government and instead hinted at the budget fight ahead. “That is where the focus turns for the debt ceiling,” she said. “And we’re looking at that and beginning to work toward, what would it take for us to get them to the negotiation table on the debt ceiling?”