The government shutdown is causing harm to families, small and large businesses alike. Rather than supporting jobs, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, voted to damage Virginia’s economy with a shutdown. Tourism is one of the largest economic engines. The Commonwealth has a bounty of areas that attract millions of visitors and generated $21 billion in 2012.
Many visitor destinations are owned by the public — national forests, parks, historical sites, parkways, etc. Places are now closed to the public who owns them, and hundreds of thousands of Virginia’s workers are laid off. Simply put, the nation’s budget is held hostage because the House leadership did not pass a clean continuing resolution bill (as the Senate did).
The House added conditions to its bill that have absolutely nothing to do with passing a budget — triggering this economic problem. Tell Mr. Goodlatte that Virginia’s economy and families are too important to hold hostage — stop the harmful shutdown now.