Furloughed Philadelphia workers protest, but no one is there to listen

protestors outside Senator Toomey's office

Furloughed government workers tried to send a message to their representative in Washington and failed. 

The two dozen or so government workers went to the Philadelphia office of Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) with what they call a “cease and desist petition,” demanding congress approve a continuing resolution that would put them back to work. 

Gary Morton works for the EPA.  He says a government shutdown is dangerous.”It goes far reaching because we can’t take enforcement actions, not only for underground storage tanks.  We have the air the water, everyone wants clean air and clean water. We don’t want what we have in China, but we’re not on the clock right now.”James Lynn is another government worker who was shocked that there was no staff at Senator Toomey’s Philadelphia office, because they also were furloughed.”The government’s shut down, what are we a third-world country,” Lynn said.  “We send all kinds of money to third-world countries, but our government is shut down, explain that to me.”A spokesperson for Senator Toomey says the only satellite office that is open is the one in Allentown.


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