Murphy on potential government shutdown: ‘Republicans need to stop playing political games’
Less than three days remain until the United States government grinds to a halt.
House Republican infighting is largely to blame for the expected shutdown.
Gov. Phil Murphy did not mince words on Thursday for those holding things up.
“A protracted government shutdown would have devastating consequences on New Jersey's economy and on our national security... extreme House Republicans need to stop playing political games with people's lives and keep the government open,” Murphy wrote in part.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy dug in on Thursday, vowing he will not take up Senate legislation designed to keep the federal government fully running despite House Republicans' struggle to unite around an alternative.
A federal shutdown would halt paychecks for many of the federal government's roughly 2 million employees, as well as 2 million active-duty military troops and reservists, furlough many of those workers and curtail government services.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.