U.S. Senator Tom Udall is speaking out about the effects of the government shutdown hours before the president addresses the nation.
“In New Mexico roughly 5,800 federal workers are either furloughed or working without pay. These aren’t just numbers, these are real people. Real people wondering how they will make their mortgage payments or feed their families,” Sen. Udall said.
Udall, who is a ranking member of a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, says the government shutdown’s had a drastic effect on New Mexico families, tribes and public lands.
He highlighted some personal stories of Americans who he says are paying the price, especially those living on tribal lands.
“All because furloughed road crews are not clearing snow and ice on reservation roads, one elder has already died because he was unable to make it to dialysis,” he said.
Sen. Udall is calling on Senate Republicans to allow a vote on a bipartisan appropriations bill passed by the House and demand the president work with Congress to end the shutdown immediately.