(House of Representatives - October 12, 2013)

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  (Ms. KAPTUR asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
  Ms. KAPTUR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call on House Republicans to 
end the Federal Government shutdown.
  The shutdown is causing significant negative impacts on our economy, 
jobs, and consumer confidence across our country. The number of people 
applying for unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 this week. Local 
economies across our Nation are losing $76 million a day from people 
not able to visit our Nation's parks. Just in one location, the closing 
of Zion National Park in Utah has cost the surrounding community over 
$3.5 million in lost visitor spending.
  The Head Start program already has turned away over 7,000 children 
across this country. U.S. consumer confidence has deteriorated in 
October to its weakest in 9 months, since the first Federal shutdown 
over 17 years ago. The Federal shutdown is stalling almost 130 highway 
and bridge projects in 35 States, which means lost jobs.
  Mr. Speaker, let's end this uncertainty for our Nation. Let's stop 
the battering of jobs in this economy. Bring a clean continuing 
resolution to the floor and reopen the government of the United States.

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