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Let the government do its job

In 2013 the federal government was shut down for 16 days over a Republican attempt to defund Obamacare ("Marylanders brace for possible U.S. government shutdown," Aug. 4). At the time that failed effort was seen as a huge negative for the party, but a year later the GOP took control of the Senate and increased its majority in the House. Fast forward to 2015 and the budget will expire on Sept. 30 unless there's a continuing resolution. Based on past experience, I fully anticipate another potentially long shutdown over military sequestration and a GOP effort to defund Planned Parenthood. During the previous shutdown, 800,000 government workers were furloughed and another...

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