Sen. Bill Nelson, not known for his activism, is circulating an online petition to apply pressure on House Republicans at the center of the government shutdown.
In an email message to supporters Nelson writes:
I want to apologize for the partisan gridlock over the budget that a handful of irresponsible and reckless right-wing members of the U.S. House of Representatives have instigated.
They have managed to shut down many of the federal government’s services and programs simply because they couldn’t get their own way and get rid of the country’s health care law.
This disruption may end up doing a lot of damage to a lot of people, and many believe they are putting the U.S. economy at risk to advance their own agenda.
Consider: More than 70 percent of our intelligence community has been furloughed, despite the ongoing threats that terrorists pose to our country; many of the workers in our nation’s space program have been sent home; and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center has had to stop seeing hundreds of patients.
We need Americans to speak out and tell this small group of right-wing extremists to stop! Can you add your voice to such an effort?
Sign on to my open letter now — and urge these House extremists to drop their outrageous demands and reopen the government.
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