Community members attend town hall meeting to discuss shutdown aftermath


POSTED: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 2:09pm

UPDATED: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 9:12pm

The federal government shutdown is officially over but El Paso residents are still upset and concerned about what happened in D.C.

It’s been 2 days since the federal government re-opened and while federal employees are back to work some El Paso residents are still worried about what’s next in congress.

“I think that the government shutdown is embarrassing for everybody I think it borders on being criminal it’s absolutely obscene now that we’re back to work we need to start talking about the problems we need to solve full-time, “ Veterans Business Resource Center Executive Director Bill Sparks said.

Dozens of El Pasoans attended today’s town hall meeting at Montwood High School, the federal shutdown, Obamacare and immigration were all part of today’s discussion.

Several veterans like John Subia joined the meeting. He says there’s still much work to do in general like helping many veterans waiting in line for claims.

“I got my stuff resolved years ago but it was a long process it took almost twenty years, yes it’s still all messed up” Subia said.

For congressman Beto O’Rourke today’s meeting represents an opportunity to hear directly from constituents and address what’s next.

“Now that the government has restarted is to see comprehensive immigration reform succeed the signs look better than ever for a successful conclusion to the fight for comprehensive immigration reform,” O’Rourke added.

But according to the congressman the possibility of a second shutdown is not discarded although work will be done to prevent it.

“A shutdown is always a possibility when you don’t have a full year’s budget in play that’s why I think it’s so important that we have a successful budget negotiation that’s taking place right now and I’m going to do everything I can to make that successful“ O’Rourke concluded.

Congress has until January 15 to reach a permanent deal to prevent a second shutdown from happening.

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