Dems: Shutdown dealt $340M blow to NC economy

Posted October 29, 2013

The National Park Service closed beach access to vehicles along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Oct. 1, 2013, because of a federal government shutdown. (Photo by Donny Bowers)

— The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a national group that is backing U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election, is releasing data Tuesday that it says shows the recent government shutdown cost North Carolina's economy $340 million.

Nationally, the economy is expected to lose $20 billion, according to a post-shutdown analysis by Moody's Analytics. That drag will keep U.S. growth somewhere close to "a lackluster 2 percent" rather than picking up steam going into the last quarter of the year. That analysis shows North Carolina being affected less than the average state. 

The DSCC used data from the Moody's report to extrapolate the shutdown's cost to North Carolina's overall economic output. It then packaged the information in a news release designed to target the announced GOP contenders for the nomination to challenge Hagan. 

"Thom Tillis, Mark Harris, Greg Brannon and Heather Grant put their reckless partisanship ahead of North Carolina when they supported a sixteen day government shutdown that cost North Carolinians up to $340 million," said Justin Barasky, a DSCC spokesman.

Tillis is the speaker of the North Carolina House. Brannon is a Cary doctor and Tea Party favorite. Harris is a preacher and president of the Baptist State Convention. None of them had a vote on whether to shut down the government or not, but Democrats want to associate them with the unpopular move that affected military bases, caused local layoffs of state workers and strained those who benefit from federal entitlement programs. 

"Tillis, Harris, Brannon and Grant should be ashamed that, instead of doing what was best for their state and supporting an end to the government shutdown, they played politics and pushed a dangerous partisan political agenda for more than two weeks," Barasky said.

The release is part of the early posturing for the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign in North Carolina, when Hagan will face re-election and will be the only official elected statewide on the ballot.


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  • dckelder Nov 3, 2013

    This is a one sided left leaning article. Where was the mention of the Democrats refusing to negotiate? The republicans would have been better off if they had not tied the debt limit to Obamacare and focused on budget issues. The Democrats would have been better off accepting a delay to the obamacare roll out and blaming it on the Republicans. Both sides hurt themselves AND the nation.

  • goldenosprey Oct 31, 2013

    "It was not these Republicans who caused a shutdown. It was Democrat and Obama unwillingness to 'negotiate' on Obamacare! Dems caused the shutdown, not Republicans!" gwenmarvels

    That is absolutely false. Why SHOULD the senate re-negotiate already passed and litigated legislation UNRELATED to keeping gov open, to assuage petulant republicans? It was the republicans' failure to recognize they lost that caused the shutdown, and the economic damage still adds up.

  • superman Oct 30, 2013

    Regardless of your party--people have a right to their own optinon whether you agree with them or not. There is nothing wrong with holding firm on your own convictions. obama care is a disaster from the very beginning and it wont get better. I read they were fixing computer problems every day and it will take until the end of Nov to fix them. The computer program must be a cheap version of swiss cheese with so many holes that need fixing.

  • gwenmarvels Oct 30, 2013

    House Republicans completely funded the federal government with the exception of Obamacare. Why? Because it is a bad law causing untold harms to everyday American people!

    It was not these Republicans who caused a shutdown. It was Democrat and Obama unwillingness to 'negotiate' on Obamacare! Dems caused the shutdown, not Republicans!

    Some of us are not as dumb and uninformed as you would make us out to be with this lying article! Americans who know the truth rebuke you!

  • WolfPackAlum Oct 30, 2013

    >>"In fact, every one of them has issued a statement, in writing, specifically calling out House Republicans." source, please"

    See here:


    And here:


    Of course there the also the recently released report from the National Association of Manufacturers which indicated that the 2011 debt ceiling crisis induced by House Republicans wound up costing the economy 1 million private sector jobs over the subsequent year.

  • surfermom Oct 30, 2013

    "In fact, every one of them has issued a statement, in writing, specifically calling out House Republicans." source, please

  • beachboater Oct 30, 2013

    Sure are a bunch of Kool Aid drinkers on here today. I wish some of the Kool Aid crowd would read and research and make some decisions on their own instead of listening to MSNBC et al.

    We all already know that it is the Tea Party and little Bush's fault.

  • tsquaring Oct 30, 2013

    not having a budget is what's costing us!

  • goldenosprey Oct 30, 2013

    "Except REID knew full well that a clean CR was not acceptable and he was COMPLETELY unwilling to change his position." whatelse

    It WAS ACCEPTABLE !!! If Boehner had not changed the rules in anticipation of the shutdown, a clean CR would have passed.

    And why SHOULD Reid change his position? The laws were debated, passed and litigated. I know you are accustomed to dems folding like beach chairs, but it is not in the rules they must. Why should Reid change his position to accept a dirty CR when the senate, prez and even the House would have passed a clean CR if voted on?

    Why do you continue to blame dems? Y'all should be praising the TP for it's raging success of a shutdown. It is exactly what was intended, and that is on the record.

  • WolfPackAlum Oct 30, 2013

    >>"I swan, these liberal/leftist/socialists just can't bring themselves to accept responsibility for anything. They want to blame the Tea Party/Republicans/conservatives for the shut down."

    It isn't just Democrats blaming the Tea Party. Virtually every major business organization in the country also blames them for the shutdown. In fact, every one of them has issued a statement, in writing, specifically calling out House Republicans. This would include The Chamber of Commerce, The National Association of Manufacturers, The National Association of Realtors, The Business Round Table, The NFIB, The Financial Services Round Table, etc.