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As Government Shutdown Continues, Local Group ‘Concerned Citizens’ Holds Rally In Front Of Rep. Todd Young’s Office

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Despite it being closed and empty, a demonstration took place yesterday outside of Representative Todd Young’s Bloomington office, to protest his role in the federal shutdown.

A local group called the Concerned Citizens of Monroe County held a rally at the Showers Plaza office of Congressman Young, to demand he put aside partisan interests and work to end the shutdown.

It came together by a group of concerned citizens that weren’t all Democrats, although many were, says Trent Deckard, Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party.

“We’re concerned about the shutdown and we wanted to voice our opinions to Congressman Young and let him know this is having an effect on folks,” Deckard says.

A furloughed federal employee spoke for the group along with other people voicing their concerns.

Unfortunately for the attendees, there was no one at the office to hear the protest, or speak to any of the protesters.

“The door was closed, the lights were off and there was a sign saying it was closed indefinitely,” Deckard says, “Congress is exempt from the shutdown and Young could have chosen to have his office open with a skeleton staff. We decided to do this last Thursday and there were 80 people there. I’m sure at some point he caught knowledge of this but he didn’t have anyone there. We had a closed door facing us and that’s kind of reflective of how things are but we went ahead anyway.”

In light of his status as Chair of the County Democrats, we asked Deckard if he could offer any predictions about how these issues will pan out – whether to continue funding government operations at least until December, and whether to raise the debt ceiling to avoid a federal default.

“I never thought the shutdown would get this far,” Deckard says, “While I watch the news, I think to myself that surely it will work out but I’m getting more and more skeptical. Mr. Young needs to come forward and say that he is representing folks in Indiana that need services in this healthcare bill. Until he says this, Ted Cruz and those driving the position will keep pushing their agenda and that doesn’t reflect who we are in Indiana. As we get closer and closer to Thursday, it’s hard to stay optimistic.”

The deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling is this Thursday. If a resolution is not passed by Congress and signed by the President by then, the government will be prevented from borrowing funds to fund the deficit and debt, effectively creating a debt default.

The latest report from Washington is that the most recent effort to end the impasse has failed.

Young on Stalemate

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A House Budget Bill with a provision of a one-year Affordable Care Act Delay was rejected by the Senate late last night, causing a stalemate on the eve of the budget due date that caused a spending freeze on all federal operations, beginning today. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Indiana Congressman Todd Young about what the spending freeze means and what will resolve the congressional stalemate, for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

Daily Local News- September 30, 2013

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Indiana District 9 Representative Todd Young speaks about the midnight federal funding deadline; Some Hoosiers can expect to get a credit from the BMV next time they make a payment either online or at an office; The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department are seeking entries from creative builders, inventors, and engineers for the Great Bloomington Pumpkin Launch on November 2nd.

FEATURE
ACA Employee Notification Deadline
Another deadline for complying with the Affordable Care Act is tomorrow, and local employers are struggling to follow the law. Assistant News Director Joe Crawford has the story for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.

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Sarah Delone, MCHA Education Program Director, talks about the Monroe County Human Association’s work as well as their big October fun-and-fund raising events, Barktoberfest and Run for the Animals.

CREDITS
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Doug Storm
Today’s headlines were written by David Murphy and Chris Martin
Activate! is produced by Jennifer Whitaker.
Our engineer is Lauren Glapa and Chris Martin
Editor is Drew Daudelin,
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh.

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