October 16, 2013

Protest at the Courthouse

— About a dozen people gathered outside the Whitfield County courthouse to call on Congress to reopen parts of the federal government and to raise the federal debt ceiling so the Treasury Department can borrow more money. They said they wanted to convince the man who represents Whitfield and Murray counties in Congress to help end the shutdown.

“We want Rep. Tom Graves, who hopefully has our best interests in mind, to vote to raise the debt ceiling and to reopen the government,” said Dalton resident Austin Wade, a volunteer for Organizing for Action, which grew out of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

The protesters also voiced their support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare. The federal shutdown began when Republicans in the House of Representatives, including Graves, refused to approve a spending resolution that did not include defunding and delaying the law for one year.