PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It's day 21 of the partial government shutdown with no end to the standoff in sight. Friday, Senator Rick Scott issued the following statement:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement on the government shutdown, which has now lasted for three full weeks:
“I’ve been a member of the United States Senate for three days, and it’s as dysfunctional as you think it is – probably even more dysfunctional. The vast majority in Congress say they want border security. The vast majority also say they want to open the government. So, of course, they won’t do either.
“The people of Florida deserve a government that functions. Period. And until that happens, Congress shouldn’t get paid. I believe Members’ pay MUST BE furloughed immediately as long as Americans aren’t getting government services. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this happen as soon as possible. I campaigned on making government work and it’s clearer now more than ever that it will be an uphill climb. But I’m committed to fighting for the values of my state and the interests of the people of Florida and I won’t back down.”