With a federal government shutdown looming, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants Connecticut citizens to know the state has enough cash reserves to cope without federal funds for about three weeks.
“We are preparing for this storm, just like we would prepare for any other rain event or snow event,“ Malloy said at a 5 p.m. press conference.
It’s likely the state will need to look at borrowing money to cover things such as Medicaid, if a shutdown lasts longer than three weeks, Malloy said.
He said citizens will have a tough time securing the information and documents needed to travel abroad and its possible the shutdown could impact commercial transactions. He said the state will be available to provide information on a regular basis and will face this problem like it has others problems and “that’s head on.”
“I have to say I am deeply disappointed by the shutdown. It is absolutely needless and the wrong thing to do,” Malloy said. “I want to say quite clearly that I do not believe this to be about money, but ideology.”
He said he finds it an embarrassment that a government would shutdown in order to take away money from an agency that “prevents more abortions in this country than any other single agency in the United States.”
“It is outrageous to shut down the government over a blatant attack on women’s health,“ Planned Parenthood of Southern New England President and CEO Judy Tabar said Friday. “Existing law already prohibits any federal funds from going towards abortion services. Eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood’s preventive care hurts women, and does absolutely nothing to cut the deficit or fix the economy.”
With U.S. House Speaker John Boehner expected to speak at the Republican fundraiser in Stamford Saturday, Connecticut again seemed to be in the eye of the storm.
Connecticut Republican Party Chairman said Boehner’s appearance at a $250 per person fundraiser depends on what happens with the continuing resolution. The deadline to get a deal on the budget is midnight.
“If Speaker Boehner shuts down the government tonight because the radical Republicans in Congress want to eliminate women’s access to health care, he needs to stay in D.C. this weekend and work on a solution, and not be here in Connecticut raising campaign funds,” Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said Friday.
If Boehner does attend the fundraiser it will be closed to the media at his office’s request.