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RACINE, WI – Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce released the following statement on the government shutdown. Bryce is running to replace Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s First District.

“The government shutdown makes clear that 20 years in D.C. has caused Paul Ryan to fall out of touch with the First District. I and too many of my neighbors know what it’s like to live without health insurance or without knowing where your next paycheck is coming from. It’s a terrifying feeling, and it’s certainly not a game. Yet, our representative, Paul Ryan treated this shutdown like an insider political game, using people’s jobs, Dreamer’s futures, and children’s health insurance as bargaining chips. Now, even as thousands of workers are facing suspension without pay and communities across the country are set to lose access to services, Paul Ryan is still playing games, trying to pin the blame for the shutdown on others. We need politicians in D.C. who won’t play games and who take responsiblity for their actions.”

About Randy Bryce

Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. He was raised in southeastern Wisconsin, and went to public schools. Randy’s father was a police officer, and his mother worked in a doctor’s office. After graduation, Randy enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was posted to Honduras, where he earned the Army Achievement Medal. After returning stateside, Randy was diagnosed with cancer, which he survived, but only after struggling through the bankruptcy that came with the medical bills. Once in remission, Randy found his way to an apprenticeship as an iron worker, a trade he’s now been practicing and fighting to protect from anti-labor laws for nearly 20 years. Randy currently resides in Caledonia, WI with his son, Ben, who attends public schools like his dad. Randy joined the race for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District in Summer 2017.