‘I think it’s outrageous’: Rep. Nita Lowey on the government shutdown
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) is the first woman to chair the powerful House Appropriations committee since it was created in 1865. And she’s ready for the government to open back up.
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“I think it’s outrageous that anybody, Republican or Democrat, should even think that the government should be shut down for months,” she said in a recent interview for the Women Rule podcast, referencing a remark President Trump to Democratic leaders made about the potential for a long shutdown.
She said ending the shutdown should be simple: “The president should be an adult and talk to Nancy Pelosi, Sen. [Chuck] Schumer, and the other leadership that are going to be there and pass the options we gave him. It is so easy to do.”
Lowey also said she is open to lifting the ban on earmarks, something House Republicans punted on in the waning months of their control of the chamber.
“I think there is a way to do it,” Lowey said. “Now, I think it’s important that we understand the needs of every member of Congress, especially the new members.”
Also Patrina Clark, president and founder of the government consulting firm Pivotal Practices and former longtime federal worker detailed about the real-life impacts the shutdown is having on her and her business: “Even seemingly short-term shutdowns have real lasting implications that have ripple effects that amplify with each passing day.”
Hear more about Rep. Lowey’s thoughts on candidates for the 2020 election—and how Patrina Clark plans to weather the partial government shutdown by listening to the full podcast here. Women Rule takes listeners backstage with female bosses for real talk on how they made it and what advice they have for women looking to lead.