Washington, D.C.—Tim Storey, chief executive officer of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), released the following statement on the potential federal government shutdown:
“NCSL is calling on Congress to take immediate action to avoid a federal government shutdown. A shutdown creates uncertainty for states and impedes access to vital federal programs. While states may not feel the immediate effects, critical state services that receive federal funding such as TANF, disaster relief efforts, cybersecurity and child nutrition may be put in jeopardy if Congress does not come to an agreement quickly.”
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.