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Ocasio-Cortez decries shutdown as ‘erosion of American democracy’ in first floor speech

By Thomas McKinless

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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave her maiden House floor speech Wednesday evening, highlighting a federal air traffic controller from her district who is working without pay due to the partial government shutdown. “It is terrifying to think that almost every single air traffic controller in the United States is currently distracted at work because they don’t know when their next paycheck is coming,” Ocasio-Cortez said. The shutdown entered its 27th day on Thursday, six days more than the longest shutdown in history — which stretched for 21 days in 1995-1996.

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