(House of Representatives - October 12, 2013)

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                          GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

  (Ms. KUSTER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. KUSTER. Mr. Speaker, in New Hampshire and across our country, we 
continue to see that the leadership in this House has led to 
congressional dysfunction that is damaging our lives and damaging our 
  Every day, I have been speaking with mayors, business owners, and 
constituents in my district to hear how Washington's inability to do 
its job is hurting their ability to do their job.
  This week, I held a telephone town hall and heard from Granite 
Staters who don't understand why the leadership in this Congress can't 
simply fix this problem that is hurting our State and our economy. Our 
banks are diverting time and effort planning for a potential default 
instead of focusing on serving families and businesses in New 
Hampshire. The Small Business Administration has frozen general loans 
to small businesses. The shutdown is threatening funding that keeps 
families in their homes and infuses millions of dollars into our 
  Every day this shutdown continues is a day that Congress does not 
focus on the economy and the middle class.
  Mr. Speaker, let us vote to open the government.