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Shutdown Shutters Garrett's Glen Rock Office

Harristown Road office was the only Bergen County constituent office of the congressman.

Newspapers collected at the locked door of Rep. Garrett's Glen Rock district office a day after it closed due to the government shutdown.
Newspapers collected at the locked door of Rep. Garrett's Glen Rock district office a day after it closed due to the government shutdown.
Rep. Scott Garrett’s district office in Glen Rock closed this week until further notice due to the shutdown of the federal government.

A sign posted on the door of the Harristown Road suite notified constituents that the office had closed due to the lapse in congressional appropriations, and directed residents to call the representative's Washington office at 202-225-4465.

The first government shutdown in 17 years commenced at midnight Tuesday, after Republicans seeking to make continued federal funding contingent upon a delay in implementing Obamacare failed to reach a budget agreement with the Democratic senate.

According to a report by the Committee on House Administration prepared last month to guide legislators in the event of a shutdown, members of congress have discretion to distinguish between essential and nonessential staff during a lapse in appropriations.

Members of congress have taken different approaches to managing their district offices during the budget lapse, with some ceasing constituent services altogether and at least one, Rep. Krysten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, expanding district office operations during the shutdown.

Garrett, a conservative Republican and senior member of the House Budget Committee, placed the blame for the shutdown squarely on a Democratic refusal to flinch on the sweeping health care reforms.

“I am deeply disappointed that President Obama and the Senate refused to come to the negotiation table and failed to fund the federal government,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “In vote after vote, House Republicans have looked to compromise, as has historically been the case when debating budgets, but Democrats in Washington refused to budge.”

Democrats, on the other hand, have pointed fingers at Republicans in the House of Representatives.

Garrett's Washington office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday on the office's closing.

The Glen Rock office is the only Bergen County constituent office of Garrett, whose fifth district also includes part of Passaic and most of Sussex and Warren Counties. His Newton office, in Sussex, remains open, according to a release.


Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 02:51 PM
No. Here is what your missing Phil Brooks. The law that was passed and signed by the President and determined constitutional by the supreme court is NOT what the Democrats want funded, that law was changed by the President by giving wavers, exemptions and subsidies. Obamacare should only be funded as it was originally written. If the President wants changes AFTER it is funded, then he can come to the congress and request and negotiate for them. The Democrats are responsible for the Government shut down and pending default.
Citizen of America October 15, 2013 at 02:59 PM
This is simply not true. There was no "special subsidy" for Congress when the bill was passed, and there is "special subsidy" for Congress now. /// This is just another fabrication making the rounds in the conservative echo chamber. /// Message for teabaggers: You are entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own "facts". /// http://www.factcheck.org/2013/08/no-special-subsidy-for-congress/
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Citizen of America don't be so stupid. There is a "special subsidy" for Congress through the Office of personal management . Trying to say these is no subsidy is just another fabrication of the liberal idiots who cant read. Message for dumb ass liberals: You are entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own "facts". http://cnsnews.com/news/article/jackson-lee-tweets-approval-health-insurance-subsidies-congress-and-staffers
Ridgewood Mom October 15, 2013 at 03:15 PM
That may be the truth, Citizen of America, but you are a Muslim Communist! And besides, black people are lazy and take too much in welfare. And stop trying to take our guns or else I'll donate some of my God given inheritance to the NRA. If you really piss me off I might shut the government down... and then it will be your fault because you hate veterans and kids with cancer. We patriotic types are getting so angry that we might have to split up America. God bless the union you union hater!
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Citizen of America Below is a link to the Office of Personnel Managements subsidy for Congress Citizen of America. Check out the date, approved by Obama well after the Law was signed by him and reviewed by the supreme court. http://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2013/08/opm-issues-proposed-rule-which-details-how-members-of-congress-and-congressional-staff-will-be-insured-through-the-health-insurance-exchanges/
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Forgot to take your meds is see Ridgewood Mom.
Citizen of America October 15, 2013 at 03:45 PM
When ACA was originally passed, it contained no subsidies for members of Congress and staff. This struck some as unfair, because members of Congress and their staff had been receiving subsidies for the insurance, the same way millions of Americans receive subsidies from their employees for their insurance. /// As it turns out, JOHN BOEHNER is the one who led the push to reinstate subsidies for Congressional members and their staff. That's why the Office of Personnel Management issued issued a regulation saying the subsidies would go on. The subisidies are in no way "special" -- it's a continuation of subsidies that federal employees have always received from their employer, and it is on par with subsidies that employees in the private sector receive. /// Once again, Republicans have created a FAKE CONTROVERSY based on actions that they themselves are responsible for. /// Message for teanderthals: Don't be calling anyone "dumbass" when you seem only capable of regurgitating talking points coming out of the conservative echo chamber. /// http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/john-boehner-hill-obamacare-subsidies-97634.html#ixzz2gUGmw2ET
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Your finally getting it COA - when ACA was originally passed, it contained no subsidies for members of Congress and staff. So if they want special consideration let them negotiate for it through the budget process. NO EXCEPTIONS. It was passed that way and was the LAW OF THE LAND until Obama permitted the change.
Ridgewood Mom October 15, 2013 at 04:04 PM
LTR, did you not read what Citizen just wrote?
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 04:05 PM
AND Citizen of America YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE UP YOUR OWN FACTS.......HERE ARE THE FACTS DUMBASS ......Back in 2009, when Democrats were writing the massive new national health care scheme, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley offered an amendment. Obamacare created exchanges through which millions of Americans would purchase “affordable” health coverage. Grassley’s amendment simply required lawmakers, staff and some in the executive branch to get their insurance through the exchanges, too. To every Republican’s amazement, Democrats accepted the amendment. It’s never been fully clear why; the best theory is they intended to take the provision out in conference committee, but couldn’t do so because they lost their filibuster-proof 60-vote majority. In any event, Obamacare — the law of the land, as supporters like to say — now requires Congress to buy its health care coverage through the exchanges. That has caused Democratic panic as the formal arrival of Obamacare nears. Right now, all lawmakers and staff are entitled to enjoy generously subsidized coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits plan. Why give up that subsidy and go on the exchanges like any average American? But that’s the law. It could be amended, but Democrats, who voted unanimously for Obamacare, couldn’t very well expect much help from Republicans, who voted unanimously against it. So over the summer Democrats asked President Barack Obama to simply create an Obamacare exception for Capitol Hill. Not long after — presto! — the Office of Personnel Management unveiled a proposed rule to allow members of Congress, their staff and some Executive Branch employees to continue receiving their generous federal subsidy even as they purchase coverage on the exchanges. No ordinary American would be allowed such an advantage. From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131002/OPINION01/310020004#ixzz2hp5HsyQV
Citizen of America October 15, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Ridgewood Mom -- Apparently, LTR is only allowed to take in information from approved Conservative Echo Chamber sources -- so she wasn't capable of reading my note, which showed that JOHN BOEHNER PUSHED TO REINSTATE THE CONGRESSIONAL SUBSIDIES from February to July.
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Nice try at spinning but even a dumbass, or should I say jackass can see you are both wrong.
Citizen of America October 15, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Posting *opinion* from Byron York (of the conservative Washington Examiner) and the Conservative News Network (cnsnews.com) only proves that her head is stuck inside the Conservative Echo Chamber. It must be noisy in there.
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Information was From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131002/OPINION01/310020004 But then you didn't like what they said so you TRY to ignore it.
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I guess all you dumbasses are only permitted to read or listen to the liberal rags or lame stream media radical left wing news outlets. God forbid you should use your brains, oh wait you don't believe in God, scratch that. Satan forbid you should use your brains
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 04:49 PM
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Citizen of America October 15, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Can't you read the byline? The *opinion* piece in The Detroit News was written by Byron York -- "chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner". /// The Washingon Examiner is a weekly news site focused on local news and conservative commentary. It's owned by Clarity Media Group, which also owns the conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard. /// Some people are just incapable of doing their own homework and getting out of the Conservative Echo Chamber.
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 05:07 PM
FACT: Congress was not eligible for a subsidy under the original Affordable Care Act. FACT: Obama had the office of Personal Management change the Law of the Land to give congress a subsidy. FACT: The law should have not been changed for Congress! If you can't understand those simple facts there is no hope for your liberalism.
Citizen of America October 15, 2013 at 05:12 PM
& then there's certifiable wingnut Pat Buchanan, who hates Obama more than he loves America. He thinks the GOP should destroy America if it doesn't get its way with Obamacare & the shutdown. /// "And if Harry Reid’s Senate demands the GOP end the sequester on federal spending, or be blamed for a debt default, the party should, Samson-like, bring down the roof of the temple on everybody’s head." /// Typical conservative fake patriot!!! /// http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/republicans-stand-up-polls-be-damned/
Long Time Resident October 15, 2013 at 06:03 PM
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Ridgewood Mom October 15, 2013 at 07:09 PM
"I really do feel that these people hate President Obama to such an irrational level that they would rather see this country burn to the ground if it meant they got to oppose something he supports. They don’t care about facts or reality, they hate Obama. And that’s all that seems to matter. Oh, the government was shut down for a pointless reason? Who cares. We hate Obama. The United States might default on its debt, causing possible economic catastrophe which might hurt the lives of millions of Americans? Who cares. We hate Obama." http://www.forwardprogressives.com/chris-matthews-nails-it-its-hatred-not-politics-behind-strong-gop-opposition-to-president-obama/
Ridgewood Mom October 15, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Pat Robertson: "The Republicans have got to wave the white flag and say, ‘We fought a good fight and now it’s over. They cannot shut the government down and then bring about a default. We can’t do it. I mean, it would be devastating economically to every human being and the Republicans just can’t get tarred with that. So they tried and if they go to the electorate and say, ‘We tried, Obamacare was awful, we tried to get it underway and we weren’t successful, the Democrats wanted it, they fought for it and they wouldn’t let go so it’s their bill, their program.’” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=garG-y0kS1U
Phil Brooks October 16, 2013 at 09:21 AM
LTR, Well, well, well, it appears we've reduced ourselves to name-calling to get our point across (proverbial 'we,' BTW). // It's sad when people get so entrenched in their political views that they CAN'T open themselves to others. // THIS TIME it's the Tea Party's fault. Next time (and there will be a next time and a next time and a next time) it'll be the Democrats' or mainstream Republicans' fault. Now, fix the damned thing and work out your differences until the next brouhaha comes along. And it will because we haven't learned anything from the previous hundred ones. Stop acting like a bunch of babies, which is what the Tea Party is acting like, and which the Democrats and mainstream Republicans will act like when it's their turn. And, eventually, it WILL be their turn. // That being said, there's nothing left to talk about here. Let's wrap it up, OK?
thetentman October 16, 2013 at 09:25 AM
only 3 comments to go to get to 300. Come on you dirty tea ballers have at it.
Long Time Resident October 16, 2013 at 09:27 AM
only 2 comments to go to get to 300. Come on you Democrat and Republican dumies have at it.
Citizen of America October 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM
"It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it." ~ Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) /// “It’s wonderful...We’re 100 percent united! Ulysses S. Grant said, ‘Quit worrying about what Bobby Lee’s doing and let’s focus on what we are doing, We are focusing on what we need to do and not worrying about what the other guy is going to do. That’s how Ulysses S. Grant won the war." ~ Rep. John Abney (R-TX) /// "Culmination of what we said we were going to do." ~ Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) /// “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” ~ Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) /// "It's wonderful" ~ Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)
Citizen of America October 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) discussing the GOP last night: "This party is going nuts. So many people I run into who are normal people -- and I hate to use that term -- they just can't understand what's going on. They just think Republicans are crazy. That's it. They see no justification for any of this. /// "Even if this bill passed tonight, what would it have done? After shutting down the government for two and a half weeks, laying off 800,000 people, all the damage we caused, all we would end up doing was taking away health insurance from congressional employees. That's it? That's what you go to war for? That's what we shut down the United States government for?"
Citizen of America October 16, 2013 at 04:42 PM
8 Republican lawmakers who think the GOP shutdown was a bad idea /// Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- "What the American people have been put through is one of the more shameful chapters that I have seen in the years that I have spent in the Senate." /// Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) -- "Shutting down the government was not a smart strategy...I hope we never do this again and I hope we learn our lessons from this....If they're saying the defunding issue is going to come up again in three months, then they've learned nothing from this. If we learned nothing else from this exercise, I hope we learned that we shouldn't get behind a strategy that cannot succeed." /// Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) -- "This is far less than many of us had hoped for, frankly, but it's far better than what some had sought...It's time for Republicans to unite behind other crucial goals." /// Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) -- "We took some bread crumbs and left an entire meal on the table. This has been a very bad two weeks for the Republican Party...We need to stop the bleeding, lessen the damage to the party." /// Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) -- "I've said all along, this is madness — it was madness to follow [Sen.] Ted Cruz [R-Texas]. It was absolute madness to say we want to shut down the government, to defund Obamacare. It never made sense and now all we're down to, apparently, is trying to pass a [continuing resolution] to take away health care from congressional employees. That's what we shut down the government for. It makes no sense." /// Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) -- "Let's just say sometimes learning what can't be accomplished is an important long-term thing. And hopefully for some of the members they've learned it's impossible to defund mandatory programs by shutting down the federal government."
Ridgewood Mom October 17, 2013 at 06:41 AM
Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, Standard & Poor's Says http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/government-shutdown-cost_n_4110818.html
Citizen of America October 17, 2013 at 09:05 AM
the Tea Party, 1773 vs. 2013 -- http://tinyurl.com/mu534me

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