Virginia’s Jim Moran: Congress May Go On Vacation After A Shutdown
Once again, Virginia’s own Jim Moran was pouring on the charm while meeting with local constituents (many of whom are federal employees) about the impending shutdown:
Frustration boiled over at a town hall meeting held over a looming government shutdown as federal employees, contractors and residents vented anger at Rep. Jim Moran (D-8).
The legislator, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, organized the “emergency” forum at Alexandria’s Francis Hammond Middle School to field questions from government employees worried about how the shutdown would play out for them.
The public spent more time making known their disgust with the crisis.
At times the conversation flared up as public speakers let loose their ire with a deadlocked Congress and Moran in particular. Catcalls, heckles and applause rang out as attendees took turns voicing concerns and making rhetoric-filled attacks.
Before the roughly two-hour meeting ended, Moran shouted down at least one speaker who accused him of shirking his duty.
“Why are you here tonight and not in Congress trying to figure out how to stop this?” a speaker asked before being led away from the microphone.
Here’s the video of that particular exchange, you’ll notice Moran never really addressed the question presented:
Now, about that vacation:
He warned the shutdown could last as long as three weeks as federal lawmakers prepare to embark on their Easter vacation. Military personnel might see a disruption in their pay during that time, but they will be reimbursed, he said. Other federal employees may not be so lucky.
Though resident Laura Mraz, an unemployed former federal contractor, agreed the Tea Party’s growing influence in the Republican House had escalated the problem, she said Moran’s town hall had raised more questions than answers.
“I needed to find out what was going to happen,” she said. “When [Moran] talked about the three weeks Congress is going to be on vacation, I thought ‘the audacity.'”
Frankly, I think that Moran’s comment that the shutdown could last three weeks is little more than idiotic fear mongering. That’s never been the case before, and there’s no reason it will happen this time, and the idea that the Congress would leave for Easter without resolving this is absurd. Nonetheless, once again, Jim Moran makes one wonder if Virginia’s 8th Congressional District might just as soon have elected a monkey.