Democrat Senator’s Office Closed, Republican Office Still Open to Feedback?
October 7, 2013
Some ears shut more easily than others?
As of this writing, the Web site of my Democrat senator, Sherrod Brown, displays this message upon arrival at the main page:
Government Shutdown Information
Thank you for visiting my website. Unfortunately, due to the recent temporary lapse in government funding my Senate office has been shut down.
What this means:
- Our offices are minimally staffed and phones will not be answered
- Emails sent to individual staff members will be responded to at the conclusion of the shut down
- Letters and emails addressed to my office will be responded to at the conclusion of the shutdown
- With the closing of all federal offices, our constituent services team will not be able to work on any cases for you during this time, but will continue with your case after the shutdown.
I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to resolve the funding issues.
Thank you for your patience,
United States Senator Sherrod Brown
I was going to write to him to ask why Democrats are voting to prolong the shutdown and deprive dying children, but maybe he anticipated me. He’s saying his office conveniently won’t deal with any correspondence until after the shutdown.
Meanwhile at the Web sites of my Republican congressman, the excellent Steve Chabot, and my Republican senator, Rob Portman, no such attitude is in evidence. To all appearances, they are as ready to hear from their constituents as always. Maybe I’ll send them a thank-you note.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for standing up for me and our fellow Americans. Under the Constitution, appropriations are primarily the House’s responsibility, and of course the government works better when Congress has to evaluate each program individually on its merits and decide which things are worth funding, one at a time, rather than vote the whole mess up or down in a single unexamined continuing resolution (“This turns democracy into a choice between tyranny and anarchy”). I also agree that Obamacare is a terrible law; it manages both to diminish liberty and to make health care less affordable. If a shutdown is what it takes to reassert the House’s constitutional role and stop Obamacare, then a temporary shutdown is a small price to pay.
Thanks again, you’re doing a great job!