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September 28, 2023

Daniel Fleiss
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ITHACA, N.Y. — Marc Molinaro has taken full responsibility for the looming government shutdown, repeatedly bragging about his role as a key negotiator, teaming up with Matt Gaetz and members of the far-right Freedom Caucus on a funding plan that’s deadlocked the House for days, and pledging to produce “the most conservative plan” possible.

As Molinaro prepares to shut down the government this weekend, Josh Riley released the following statement:

Marc Molinaro is working with the far-right Freedom Caucus to restrict abortion access, slash funding for public schools, and take food off the tables of Upstate New York seniors. Now, he’s willing to shut down the government if he doesn’t get his way.

If Marc Molinaro wants to keep the taxpayer-funded paycheck he’s relied on his entire life, then he should do his damn job.

For as long as the government is shut down, I’m calling on Marc Molinaro to donate his paycheck to Meals on Wheels, one of the many organizations serving our community that will be hurt by his failure to keep the government open.” 


Josh Riley is an Ithaca resident and a fifth-generation Broome County native. He previously served as counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and is now running for Congress in New York’s 19th District.