For Immediate Release: October 30, 2013
Contact: Rob Blumenthal/Eve Goldsher 202-224-7363
CHAIRWOMAN MIKULSKI REQUESTS OMB REPORT ON IMPACTS OF SHUTDOWN
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has requested a report on the wide-reaching consequences of the 16 day government shutdown from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Chairwoman Mikulski believes that the American people rightly expect to have a government that works as hard as they do.
The shutdown reduced the productivity of the government, resulting in as many as 800,000 employees being furloughed, and increasing backlogs for critical services, including veterans claims, small business loans, disability claims, and traffic safety investigations. As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski has asked the Office of Management and Budget for an analysis that will provide necessary details on the impacts the shutdown had on our economy, government services, our research and development efforts, our public health initiatives, and many other national priorities.
The text of the request letter to OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell is here.