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Calling Ted Cruz to talk about the shutdown? Leave a message


By EMILY WILKINS Washington Bureau
 ewilkins@dallasnews.com

Published: 11 October 2013 10:21 PM
Updated: 12 October 2013 10:09 AM


WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz, urging Congress to roll back the Affordable Care Act, said this week on the Senate floor that lawmakers “need to answer the call of our constituents.”

Cruz might want to check his own phone lines first.

None of Cruz’s offices, whether in Washington or in Texas, are answering phones during the federal government shutdown.

The junior senator is the exception.

His fellow Republican, Sen. John Cornyn, and Dallas-area House members each have their Washington offices and at least one district office open and accepting calls.

About 50 percent to 60 percent of Cruz’s staff is furloughed, leaving staffers to check voicemails rather than answer calls, said Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier.

But for a constituent to reach a Cruz staffer to hail or complain about the shutdown, or seek help with a government issue, is difficult.

In the days before the shutdown, Cruz’s website listed a nonworking number for his Dallas office. It now lists a number that goes directly to voicemail without identifying the mailbox as Cruz’s.

The Austin office instructs callers to leave a voicemail, but the mailbox was full on several occasions this week. A recording greets constituents who call the Washington office, prompting them to leave a voicemail as well.

“If someone has trouble getting through, it’s because the voicemail is full, but our folks are doing their best to keep it open, so I encourage [callers] to keep trying,” Frazier said. “Each office has to make operating decisions that work best with the staffing levels they’ve decided to maintain. This method works best for us. We remain firmly connected to and mindful of our constituents during this time, as we always are.”
Cruz’s office fields more calls than others: about 1,000 to 2,000 a day.

In comparison, the offices of Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, receive 50 to 100 calls a day. Even with 70 percent of Williams’ staff furloughed, both Williams’ district offices and his Washington office have someone answering constituents’ calls.

“It’s our top priority to make sure their opinions and concerns are made known to the congressman,” said Williams spokeswoman Haley Graves. “So it wouldn’t matter if we had one or 10 staffers in the office. The phones will be open and answered.”

Cornyn’s Washington, Dallas and Austin offices are open during the shutdown with staff available to handle questions about Social Security and veteran benefits. Other regional offices rotate what days they are open and voicemails are being checked, said spokeswoman Jessica Sandlin.

Offices are seeing a boost of calls over the shutdown, on top of day-to-day work.

With about half his staff furloughed, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said 700 calls and messages have stacked up in his office.

The shutdown forced at least 12 of Texas’ 38 lawmakers to furlough part of their staffs. Others, like Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Rockwall, say there are no nonessential staffers they could furlough.

Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth said it was important to keep his offices staffed not just for the constituents, but the employees.

“These guys don’t make a lot of money,” Veasey said. “I came from a similar background as most of the people in my office. It’s not easy.”

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Re: Calling Ted Cruz to talk about the shutdown? Leave a message
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 06:31:18 PM »
Seriously.. The Dallas News... everyone knows it hates conservatives.
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Re: Calling Ted Cruz to talk about the shutdown? Leave a message
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2013, 06:46:26 PM »
"She only coughs when she lies."

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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2013, 10:18:44 PM »
~LOL~ and what if the same person is also obsessed with Sarah Palin!!!

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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2013, 11:22:56 PM »
Seriously.. The Dallas News... everyone knows it hates conservatives.

Are the facts incorrect?  Is Cruz avoiding his constituents?  John Cornyn's got people answering phones live.

Cruz is hiding.
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2013, 11:24:53 PM »



How'd that Cruz strategy for defunding Obamacare work out, Victor? 

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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2013, 11:36:46 PM »
Are the facts incorrect?  Is Cruz avoiding his constituents?  John Cornyn's got people answering phones live.

Cruz is hiding.

What is clear is you posted the article based on the title, not the data contained within.  For instance it states:

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Cruz’s office fields more calls than others: about 1,000 to 2,000 a day.

It does not state he is ducking the calls - it states

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“If someone has trouble getting through, it’s because the voicemail is full, but our folks are doing their best to keep it open, so I encourage [callers] to keep trying,” Frazier said. “Each office has to make operating decisions that work best with the staffing levels they’ve decided to maintain.

It also states that most other reps get maybe 50 - 100 calls a day.

It also states that due to the shut down the office(s) plural are running on skeleton staffs. 

It also states that most other reps get maybe 50 - 100 calls a day.

Bottom line, it would not matter what he did, your obsession with him rivals your obsession with Sarah Palin.
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2013, 11:47:52 PM »
What is clear is you posted the article based on the title, not the data contained within.  For instance it states:

It does not state he is ducking the calls - it states

It also states that most other reps get maybe 50 - 100 calls a day.

It also states that due to the shut down the office(s) plural are running on skeleton staffs. 

It also states that most other reps get maybe 50 - 100 calls a day.

Bottom line, it would not matter what he did, your obsession with him rivals your obsession with Sarah Palin.

What are the facts, Rap? 

THERE ARE NO CRUZ STAFFERS ANSWERING PHONES LIVE.

It doesn't matter how many calls he gets.  He has no one manning any phones, in any office.   And, apparently, he has no one checking emails in some offices as the mailboxes are full when constituents call.

 Why is that?
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2013, 12:02:31 AM »
What are the facts, Rap? 

THERE ARE NO CRUZ STAFFERS ANSWERING PHONES LIVE.

It doesn't matter how many calls he gets.  He has no one manning any phones, in any office.   And, apparently, he has no one checking emails in some offices as the mailboxes are full when constituents call.

 Why is that?


It doesn't say "no one" it says a skeleton crew is manning the fort due to the shutdown.
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2013, 12:22:39 AM »

It doesn't say "no one" it says a skeleton crew is manning the fort due to the shutdown.

So what are Cruz's people doing?  Apparently Cornyn's people are answering phones.  So are the staffers of the other reps listed.

What are Cruz's people doing?

IT's OK if he wants to put his staff elsewhere, but he should stop encouraging people to call when there's no one to pick up the pone.
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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2013, 12:48:12 AM »
So what are Cruz's people doing?  Apparently Cornyn's people are answering phones.  So are the staffers of the other reps listed.

What are Cruz's people doing?

IT's OK if he wants to put his staff elsewhere, but he should stop encouraging people to call when there's no one to pick up the pone.

If you ever bothered to read anything you would have read they are furloughed thanks to the shutdown.
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2013, 12:52:15 AM »
If you ever bothered to read anything you would have read they are furloughed thanks to the shutdown.

So how come so many of Cruz's staff is furloughed?  Cornyn's got the same constraints.

Your boy doesn't want to take phone calls.  Face it.
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2013, 01:04:39 AM »
As I stated upthread.. leave it to the Dallas Morning News to print something nasty about a conservative - they hated Bush, too....  but for your info, Cruz is not in the minority in either party right now and your sainted Cornyn does not have all his offices open, either.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/08/senate-shutdown_n_4059345.html

View the status of Senate offices below:

ALABAMA

    Jeff Sessions (R): Nearly the entire staff has been furloughed. Sessions' Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

    Richard Shelby (R): Approximately 75 percent of the staff has been furloughed, and the Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

ALASKA

    Mark Begich (D): About 80 percent of the staff is furloughed, although someone is monitoring messages from constituents in case of emergency. "Sen. Begich does not believe that he or his staff should be exempt from the impacts of this government shutdown -- especially as some 7k Alaskans don't know when they will get back to work," said a spokesperson. "That's why he has also cosponsored the No Budget No Pay bill." His Washington, D.C., office appeared closed Monday morning.

    Lisa Murkowski (R): Murkowski's office did not return a request for comment, although her Washington, D.C., office appeared open on Monday morning.

ARIZONA

    Jeff Flake (R): Flake's office did not return a request for comment, and the main phone number for his Washington, D.C., office went to voicemail. His office appeared closed Monday morning.

    John McCain (R): Roughly half of McCain's staff has been furloughed. The door to his Washington, D.C., office appeared closed on Monday morning.

ARKANSAS

    John Boozman (R): Boozman has not furloughed anyone. "We're in a situation where our constituents need us more than ever," Boozman told Politico. "We're getting calls from people who are very concerned about their Social Security checks all of the ancillary stuff that is going on out there."

    Mark Pryor (D): Pryor's office did not return a request for comment, but his Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

CALIFORNIA

    Barbara Boxer (D): All six of Boxer's California offices are closed, while the Washington, D.C., office is open by appointment only, and only on matters regarding legislation. (There is a sign on the door that says it is closed.) Two-thirds of the staff is furloughed. Staffers are trying to answer phones in the D.C. office, but their efforts are limited due to the furloughs. All constituent services are shut down.

    Dianne Feinstein (D): All state offices are closed, and the front desk in the Washington, D.C., office is closed. There is one person answering phones, and the vast majority of staff members are furloughed.

COLORADO

    Michael Bennet (D): About 75 percent of the staff is furloughed. Most offices are closed, with some operating with a skeleton crew. Phone messages are being forwarded, and they've set up an emergency line and email address for constituents. The Washington, D.C., office has a closed sign on the door.

    Mark Udall (D): Udall has not furloughed anyone. "Our offices are still open, but we are focusing on flood/disaster recovery and working to get the federal government back reopened," said spokesman Mark Saccone.

CONNECTICUT

    Richard Blumenthal (D): The staff is rotating. Out of the office's 51 staff members, there were about 18 working on any given day. The Washington, D.C., office remains open.

    Chris Murphy (D): Approximately two-thirds of the staff have been furloughed, although the phones remain on. The Washington, D.C., office is closed.

DELAWARE

    Tom Carper (D): Carper's offices are closed, and calls are going to voicemail. One staff member is checking messages and responding to emergencies, but the vast majority of constituent services are suspended. There are generally about seven staffers left in the D.C. office and one in Dover. There are 15 staffers, two fellows and five interns furloughed from D.C., and 16 staffers in the state office.

    Chris Coons (D): The senator's state offices are closed, and the phones there are being redirected to the Washington, D.C., office, which is open. All told, 14 staffers are still working and 24 have been furloughed.

FLORIDA

    Marco Rubio (R): Fifty of Rubio's 57 staffers have been furloughed, but three will be coming back to work next week to help people in Florida who have been affected by Tropical Storm Karen. His office appeared open Monday morning.

    Bill Nelson (D): About 60 of the senator's 70 staffers have been furloughed, and the Washington, D.C., office is closed.

GEORGIA

    Saxby Chambliss (R): Chambliss initially furloughed all of his staff except four people, but this week, everyone is back at work.

    Johnny Isakson (R): Isakson did not return a request for comment, but his office in Washington, D.C., appeared open Monday morning.

HAWAII

    Mazie Hirono (D): Hirono has just six staffers working, with other legislative staffers rotating in as needed. There is a sign on the door of her Washington, D.C., office saying it is closed.

    Brian Schatz (D): Approximately 70 percent of Schatz's staff has been furloughed, and the Washington, D.C., office is closed. They are not answering the phones, except when the senator jumps in and picks them up.

IDAHO

    Mike Crapo (R): The Boise and Washington, D.C., offices remain open with limited staff, while the rest of the state offices are closed. Staff are operating on a rotating furlough schedule.

    James Risch (R): Risch's office did not return a request for comment, and his Washington, D.C., office has a closed sign on the door.

ILLINOIS

    Dick Durbin (D): The senator has furloughed 80 percent of his staff (64 people). The offices in Chicago, Springfield, Rock Island and Carbondale are closed. Staff members in Washington, D.C., are taking shifts answering the phones, but the office is closed for meetings.

    Mark Kirk (R): Kirk has not furloughed anyone. He told Politico that he needed his entire staff to attend to the World War II veterans coming to Washington, D.C., during the shutdown. An aide later qualified that the staffers were not all devoted to the World War II veterans.

INDIANA

    Dan Coats (R): Approximately half the senator's staff has been furloughed, but the Washington, D.C., office is open.

    Joe Donnelly (D): More than half the senator's staff has been furloughed, and his Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

IOWA

    Chuck Grassley (R): Grassley is working with 30 percent of his staff in his Washington, D.C., and Iowa offices. Four of his six state offices are closed, with calls routed elsewhere. "Incoming email and postal mail will be received and sorted to receive input from Iowans, though responses will be delayed," said the senator in a statement last week. "Policy staffers who are involved in the Senate floor debate will be on duty, and "hold meetings with Iowans and participate in the Judiciary Committee business that is scheduled to go on despite the shutdown."

    Tom Harkin (D): The senator has closed all of his offices, with only a small number of staff still working.

KANSAS

    Jerry Moran (R): Moran's office did not return a request for comment, although his Washington, D.C., office appeared open on Monday morning.

    Pat Roberts (R): Roberts' office did not return a request for comment, but his Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

KENTUCKY

    Mitch McConnell (R): McConnell is operating with a reduced staff, but his offices remain open.

    Rand Paul (R): Paul's office did not return a request for comment, and his Washington, D.C., office is closed.

LOUISIANA

    Mary Landrieu (D): Landrieu said on the Senate floor on Friday that her office has been "closed but functioning with a small staff."

    David Vitter (R): Vitter's office did not return a request for comment, but his Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

MAINE

    Susan Collins (R): Collins' office did not return a request for comment, but her Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

    Angus King (I): King did not return a request for comment, but his Washington, D.C., office appeared closed Monday morning.

MARYLAND

    Ben Cardin (D): The D.C. office is closed, and two-thirds of the staff are furloughed.

    Barbara Mikulski (D): Mikulski's office did not return a request for comment. Her Washington, D.C., office has a closed sign on the door, and calls to the main line are greeted with a prerecorded message.

MASSACHUSETTS

    Ed Markey (D): Markey has furloughed staff in his Boston and Washington, D.C., offices, which remain open; his offices in Fall River and Springfield are closed. He has also delayed plans to hire new staff.

    Elizabeth Warren (D): Most of Warren's staff has been furloughed, but they are still answering phones and the Washington, D.C., office is open.

MICHIGAN

    Carl Levin (D): Levin has not furloughed anyone. He also kept his whole staff in place during the shutdowns of 1995 and 1996.

    Debbie Stabenow (D): The Washington, D.C., office is closed, with a sign on the door, and there are only a few staff members working.

MINNESOTA

    Al Franken (D): The senator's Washington, D.C., office is open, but the state ones are closed. Thirty-one people have been furloughed.

    Amy Klobuchar (D): Klobuchar's office remains open, and 27 staff members are furloughed.

MISSISSIPPI

    Thad Cochran (R): Of the approximately 30 full-time staffers in Cochan's Washington, D.C., and Mississippi offices, about half are furloughed on any given day, including the interns. Furloughs are being rotated amongst the staff. The senator has continued conducting business as he normally would, and has so far not canceled any scheduled meetings. His Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

    Roger Wicker (R): Wicker's office did not return a request for comment, but his Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

MISSOURI

    Roy Blunt (R): Blunt has not furloughed anyone. "Senator Blunt believes each function of his office originates in the Constitution, so all staff is essential," his spokeswoman, Amber Marchand, told Politico.

    Claire McCaskill (D): Forty-five out of 50 McCaskill staffers have been furloughed, and her Washington, D.C., office has a sign on the door saying it is closed.

MONTANA

    Max Baucus (D): The senator furloughed everyone not involved in drafting legislation, and the main line in the Washington, D.C., office was closed Monday morning.

    Jon Tester (D): All of the senator's nine offices are closed. Nine staff members are still working, while 28 are furloughed.

NEBRASKA

    Deb Fischer (R): Fischer's office did not return a request for comment, but her Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

    Mike Johanns (R): Johanns is operating with a limited staff, and his office appeared open on Monday morning.

NEVADA

    Dean Heller (R): Two-thirds of the senator's staff members are furloughed, although his offices remain open. The senator has also been taking shifts answering the phones.

    Harry Reid (D): Reid has furloughed about 50 percent of his staff in Washington, D.C. In Nevada, all but two of his aides are furloughed. His Washington, D.C., office is closed.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

    Kelly Ayotte (R): Ayotte has reduced her 38-member staff to a "handful of essential staffers." The entire press team is among those furloughed, but her Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

    Jeanne Shaheen (D): Two-thirds of Shaheen's staff has been furloughed. All the state offices are closed, but the one in Washington, D.C., is open.

NEW JERSEY

    Jeff Chiesa (R): Chiesa's office did not return a request for comment, but his Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

    Bob Menendez (D): About two-thirds of Menendez's staff is furloughed, and the Washington, D.C., office appeared open on Monday morning.

NEW MEXICO

    Martin Heinrich (D): Thirty-one of the senator's 44 staffers are furloughed, and the Washington, D.C., office is closed.

    Tom Udall (D): Udall's office did not return a request for comment, and his Washington, D.C., office is closed with a sign on the door.

NEW YORK

    Kirsten Gillibrand (D): The senator's offices are closed, and more than 80 percent of employees have been furloughed.

    Chuck Schumer (D): Approximately 75 percent of Schumer's staff has been furloughed, and his Washington, D.C., office is closed.

NORTH CAROLINA

    Richard Burr (R): Burr's staff did not return a request for comment on its operations, but calls to the main line in the D.C. office go to a prerecorded message saying the office is open for essential and emergency operations.


    Kay Hagan (D): The senator's office did not return a request for comment, and a call to the main line in Washington, D.C., went to voicemail. Her office appeared closed Monday morning.

NORTH DAKOTA

    Heidi Heitkamp (D): Heitkamp has a limited number of staff, with one person answering phones in Washington, D.C., and none in North Dakota. A sign on the door of her Washington, D.C., office says it is closed.

    John Hoeven (R): Hoeven's office is still open, with seven people working and 24 furloughed.

OHIO

    Sherrod Brown (D): Sixty percent of the staff is furloughed, and the Washington, D.C., office has a closed sign on the door.

    Rob Portman (R): Slightly more than half of Portman's staff has been furloughed, but all his offices remain open. The senator also still had his constituent coffee, a weekly meeting with Ohioans in Washington, D.C.,

OKLAHOMA

    Tom Coburn (R): Coburn has not furloughed anyone. "Dr. Coburn believes a government shutdown does not shut down his responsibility to respond to constituent concerns, complete opened casework and conduct rigorous oversight of the federal government," Coburn spokesman Aaron Forbes told the Oklahoman. "Therefore, Dr. Coburn has declared all of his staff essential employees at this time. If the shutdown continues, he will re-evaluate his assessment and make any appropriate adjustments."

    James Inhofe (R): Inhofe has not furloughed anyone.

OREGON

    Jeff Merkley (D): Eighty-five percent of Merkley's staff is furloughed and all of his offices are closed. There is one person taking messages.

    Ron Wyden (D): About half of Wyden's office has been furloughed, and his offices are closed.

PENNSYLVANIA

    Robert Casey (D): There is a skeletal staff operating in D.C., as well as the state director and director of constituent services still working in Pennsylvania. Phones are not being answered, and the Washington, D.C., office has a sign on the door saying it is closed.

    Pat Toomey (R): The senator's Washington, D.C., office remains open with six or seven staffers, and the Allentown office has two people working.

RHODE ISLAND

    Jack Reed (D): A majority of Reed's staff "continues to work without pay," although his Washington, D.C., office is closed.

    Sheldon Whitehouse (D): Whitehouse's office did not return a request for comment, but his Washington, D.C., office was open Monday morning.

SOUTH CAROLINA

    Lindsey Graham (R): The vast majority of the staff has been furloughed. The Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

    Tim Scott (R): Approximately 75 percent of the staff has been furloughed, but his offices remain open and phones are being answered.

SOUTH DAKOTA

    Tim Johnson (D): Johnson has not furloughed anyone.

    John Thune (R): Thune has not furloughed anyone. "We were hopeful this would get resolved fairly quickly and it may not be now," Thune told Politico. "We're still trying to do our best to make sure that we are fulfilling our responsibilities to the people of South Dakota. If this thing gets sustained and is carried on for a long period of time, were evaluating that, obviously."

TENNESSEE

    Lamar Alexander (R): Seventy-five percent of the staff is furloughed, but the door to the Washington, D.C., office is open and phones are being answered. "Senator Alexander's office has a greatly reduced level of staffing focused on supporting the Senate's current business and making sure that Tennesseans' constitutional right to petition their government is not impeded," said spokesman Jim Jeffries.

    Bob Corker (R): Corker's office is closed except for a skeleton staff. The senator has 60 staffers, including his Foreign Relations Committee and state staff. Eighty percent of them are furloughed. "We know constituents have come to expect a high level of service and responsiveness from our office and regret they won't experience that while the furlough is in effect. Senator Corker worked hard to prevent this situation and will continue working hard to help resolve it," said Corker Chief of Staff Todd Womack.

TEXAS

    John Cornyn (R): Cornyn has shut down five of his eight offices, and the majority of the staff are furloughed. His Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.

    Ted Cruz (R): Sixty percent of the staff has been furloughed, and his Washington, D.C., office appeared closed Monday morning.

UTAH

    Orrin Hatch (R): Hatch spokesman Matthew Harakal said, "It's our office policy not to discuss personnel matters." His Washington, D.C., office appeared open on Monday morning.

    Mike Lee (R): Lee's office did not return a request for comment, and no one was at the front desk of his Washington, D.C., office on Monday morning.

VERMONT

    Pat Leahy (D): Six of Leahy's 21 staffers are working, with the rest furloughed -- although they will be called in on a rotating basis for legislative and administrative support. His office appeared closed Monday morning.

    Bernie Sanders (I): Twelve of Sanders' 30 staffers have been furloughed, and his Washington, D.C., office remains open.

VIRGINIA

    Tim Kaine (D): Thirty-seven people are furloughed, and the Washington, D.C., office has a closed sign on the door.

    Mark Warner (D): Warner's office is working with a skeleton staff -- just five people. They are logging and clearing voicemail, but the office in Washington, D.C., appeared closed Monday morning.

WASHINGTON

    Maria Cantwell (D): The Washington, D.C., office is open and the front desk is being staffed by one person. But the office is not currently able to respond to calls. All state offices are closed, and the vast majority of the D.C. staff has been furloughed.

    Patty Murray (D): More than 90 percent of Murray's staff has been furloughed, and her Washington, D.C., office is closed.

WEST VIRGINIA

    Joe Manchin (D): The Washington, D.C., office remains open, but it is down from 27 staffers to 11. Fifteen of 17 West Virginia aides have been furloughed. They are still trying to answer phones, and the senator has even jumped in.

    Jay Rockefeller (D): Rockefeller's office did not return a request for comment, but his Washington, D.C., office has a closed sign on the door.

WISCONSIN

    Tammy Baldwin (D): The senator's offices in Washington, D.C., as well as Milwaukee and Madison, are working in a limited capacity and with limited staff.

    Ron Johnson (R): Johnson's offices remain open, with limited staffers. One staff member is in Milwaukee, one in Oshkosh and a few in Washington, D.C.

WYOMING

    John Barrasso (R): His office is open with limited staffing. More than half the staff was furloughed.

    Mike Enzi (R): Fewer than one-third of Enzi's staffers -- six or seven people -- are still working on a rotating basis in his Washington, D.C., and state offices.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

Offline sinkspur

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Re: Calling Ted Cruz to talk about the shutdown? Leave a message
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2013, 09:26:41 AM »
John Cornyn (whom you despise) has somehow figured out how to keep his offices open for constituent service.

Ted Cruz has decided to close every one of his offices.
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Re: Calling Ted Cruz to talk about the shutdown? Leave a message
« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2013, 05:10:51 PM »
John Cornyn (whom you despise) has somehow figured out how to keep his offices open for constituent service.

Ted Cruz has decided to close every one of his offices.


    John Cornyn (R): Cornyn has shut down five of his eight offices, and the majority of the staff are furloughed. His Washington, D.C., office appeared open Monday morning.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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