Government Shutdownby Representative Marcy Kaptur
Posted on 2013-10-01
KAPTUR asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Speaker, GOP irresponsibility that led to the
government shutdown is already having an impact across our country. I
spent part of my day down at the World War II Memorial here in
Washington. As the author of the bill that created the memorial--and we
worked for 16 years from point of introduction to point of dedication
in 2004--I witnessed an irony that Senators and Representatives who
voted for the shutdown showed up today to remove the fence that was
placed around the site because honor flights were coming in here.
Around our country, veterans are still coming with those who sponsor them. I thought how ironic to see this, that they would have the gall to show up at a site that they voted to shutter last night.
Knowing that honor flights are coming in from Ohio next week, I wondered where we would be. For the first time since the memorial was dedicated in 2004, do you know what, it was absent people, absent the American people. Last Sunday, we saw how crowded it was as the largest honor flight came in from the east coast.
[[Page H6092]] I just say to my colleagues on the Republican side of the aisle: Did you really want to do this? Don't the American people deserve better than that, a vacant site, a fenced site? It is time for our colleagues to wake up and not think about their party or themselves, but think about the American people.