(House of Representatives - October 12, 2013)

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                          GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

  (Ms. DUCKWORTH asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. DUCKWORTH. Mr. Speaker, my neighbors cannot understand how we 
could actually recess today with so much work left to today.
  In 2012, businesses in my district were approved for $391,000 in 
Small Business Administration loans per day. That is the most of any 
district in Illinois. Yet zero SBA loans have been approved in the last 
12 days because our government is shut down.
  ACME Design in Elgin, Illinois, was founded by Clint Borucki and has 
been a part of our community since 1992. Clint has 10 employees and has 
designed and manufactured models for advertising, businesses and 
government. Now, an important project for his business is on hold 
because a military contractor is unable to move forward during the 
Republican government shutdown.
  Last Monday, in Schaumburg, I spoke with Federal employees who serve 
their country and play by the rules. These middle class Americans who 
live paycheck to paycheck are being punished for our inability to fund 
the government.
  Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry in Schaumburg told me that they 
will be unable to fill the gap the government shutdown has left for 
families in need in my district.
  My neighbors can't understand how we could recess for 2 days while 
this Republican government shutdown remains in effect. Let's stay in 
session, get to work for the people we serve, and reopen the