Democrat Jessica Ehrlich bashes opponent Bill Young for stalemate over Washington budget battle

10/07/13 Janelle Irwin
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Concerned Pinellas County residents rally behind Jessica Ehrlich to call on member of Congress Bill Young to end the budget battle in Washington.

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The partial government shutdown responsible for closing national parks and furloughing hundreds of thousands of government workers is now entering its second week. A Democrat running against Republican veteran member of Congress Bill Young is demanding he take leadership among his own party to end the budget stalemate. At a press conference in front of Young’s office Monday, Jessica Ehrlich urged him to support what Democrats are calling a clean budget resolution.

Some extreme right conservatives are holding off signing any resolutions that includes funding for President Obama’s signature healthcare law and instead delay any further implementation for a year.

About a dozen of Young’s constituents rallied behind Ehrlich with clouds rolling overhead threatening rain. One community activist, Mike Long, said he is among hundreds of thousands of young people who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act by being able to remain on his parents’ health insurance until 26. But Long’s 26th birthday was ten months ago, and he’s been without coverage since.

Another Ehrlich supporter, William Walker, said delaying parts of the healthcare law would hurt people like Long.

Ehrlich ran unsuccessfully against Young last year, but said the budget showdown in Washington is just one more reason she’s not giving up.

Young is in Washington debating a continuing resolution on the budget. A spokesperson from his office did not return an interview request.

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