By Amy Hayes, York County Democratic Chair
The first two weeks of October mark the one year anniversary of a bizarre and damaging event in our recent history: the 2013 GOP shutdown. In what the public came to see as a colossal temper-tantrum, House Republicans attempted to block implementation of a settled law by refusing to pay their bills. The stunt cost the government 2 billion dollars, took a 24 billion dollar bite out of the economy, and caused congressional approval ratings to crash.
We here in the Fifth Congressional District felt especially frustrated as we watched all this unfold because our own congressman, Mick Mulvaney, played a leading role in the debacle. He became the face of the shutdown through frequent appearances on national TV and was identified as a member of the pro-shutdown “suicide caucus,” a group of 19 extremist congressmen that pressured the other 232 House Republicans into going along with the scheme.