Rep. Mike Michaud comments on the current political and financial emergency.
"This piecemeal approach is no way to run a government. We can't pick favorites to fund in a stop-gap fashion. We need to end the government shutdown so we can come to a compromise on the bigger budget and debt issues before us."
"The inability to compromise and the unyielding ideology of a few have prevented Congress from fulfilling one of its most basic responsibilities. While this is a sad day for America, I'm hopeful that congressional leaders will come to their senses and agree on a way forward that ends this shutdown quickly. It's too important to our economy to allow this standoff to continue".
"Regardless of what's happening with the shutdown, it's important Mainers know that today they can begin to enroll in an affordable health care plan through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace."