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Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown

Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown

The government shutdown that began on October 1 and ended on October 16, 2013 postponed many previously-planned lobbying activities for most associations, including HPBA. The focus of our legislators was almost completely on the shutdown, the Debt Ceiling deadline on October 17, and the impending consequences if Congress didn't allow the Treasury to borrow more money than the current set cap.

Many offices on the Hill were extremely short-staffed, if staffed at all. Your HPBA government affairs team continued to monitor the situation and advocated for industry concerns to the best of our ability in the stagnant environment. Phone calls that were made and emails that were sent to our Hill contacts had little response as it is illegal for federal workers to do any work if they are furloughed. This also means government-issued Blackberrys and iPhones were switched off until the shutdown ends.

Now that the shutdown has concluded, we have continued advocating for industry in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), on the Hill, and with EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA).

Contact Rachel Feinstein, HPBA's Government Affairs Coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the impact of this issue.

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