On the eve of the federal government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., took the opportunity to do a little social media fundraising.
But judging by the Twitter responses, the Central Florida congressman could have picked a better time to solicit political donations than the hours before an impending furlough of hundreds of thousands of federal workers.
Here was Grayson’s pitch:
— Rep. Alan Grayson (@AlanGrayson) September 30, 2013
The federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday as a result of Congress and President Obama’s failure to come to terms on a broad spending measure.
Republicans want an appropriations bill that would delay the “Obamacare” individual mandate for one year and end the so-called health care exemption for Congress. But Democrats and Obama say that’s off the table.
In the crosshairs are an estimated 800,000 to 1 million federal workers, thousands of whom live in Florida.
Food stamps, unemployment benefits, Social Security and Medicare payments will remain fully funded, as will the Internal Revenue Service and the National Security Agency, among others.
Compensation and pension benefits to 3 million to 6 million veterans however will be in jeopardy the longer the impasse continues.
Here are several other responses to Grayson’s Twitter appeal – all 15 replies expressed disapproval of his fundraising timing.
— Johnny (@SiftingReality) September 30, 2013
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