Top MD Democrats Criticize Possible Government Shutdown

Jan 18, 2018

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democrats in charge of Maryland's legislature are telling President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Washington that "enough is enough."

They urged them Wednesday to reach a budget agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown.

In a letter Wednesday, House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said they were speaking "on behalf of a state that is exhausted from being whipsawed by the inaction in Washington, D.C."

They say the federal tax overhaul "blows a $1.4 trillion hole in the federal budget, does uncalculated harm to state and local revenue, destabilizes our health insurance marketplace and drives up costs for consumers and raises taxes on hundreds of thousands of Marylanders."

They say Maryland residents "need a stable partner in the federal government."