Following is a statement by President Mary Sue Coleman regarding the government shutdown:
Washington yet again has failed to govern. In a complete failure of leadership, Congress and the administration have upended the lives of countless Americans who must now grapple with loss of livelihood and essential services. Senseless displays of brinkmanship have serious consequences, including for university researchers who seek cures, innovation, and bolster national security on behalf of the American people. We urge Congressional leaders and the administration to act responsibly and immediately fund our government.
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