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Congressman Horsford holds town hall meeting to discuss shutdown

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Congressman Horsford holds town hall meeting to discuss shutdown

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Oct 13, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- On Sunday afternoon, Nevada Democratic Representative Steven Horsford held a town hall meeting at the College of Southern Nevada where he invited constituents, local community leaders, and elected officials to discuss the federal government shutdown.

Horsford, who's donating his pay during this federal crisis, says he supports every vote to fully fund the government and end the shutdown.
 
One by one, Las Vegas locals, who've been hit hard by the shutdown, took the microphone and expressed their fears surrounding the local impact.
 
"All I can conclude is [that] this is shear madness," says one Las Vegas local. Another adds, "You work, work [and] work to have things in life that you want and then just because there's a fight in the government, everyone has to suffer."
 
Las Vegas local Fred Wagar, a disabled veteran, says he's a furloughed employee with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. When Action News asked how he plans to pay the bills, he told us, "I have no idea. I have no idea what we're going to do."
 
"The trickle down effect of this is unbelievable," says Allen O'Neill, who tells Action News he's a former employee of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. O'Neill says the closure isn't just hurting federal employees at Lake Mead. "[It's also hurting] all these people who work for concessions and it hurts private contractors."
 
"People are hurting," says Congressman Horsford. "We've been under a fragile economy here. Our unemployment rate is still high and people are worried."
 
The Congressman tells Action News he's taking a red-eye flight to the nation's capital on Sunday so he can fight for a resolution to the shutdown crisis.

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.