WASHINGTON, DC—With funding for the federal government set to expire at the end of this month, the nation’s mayors are urging lawmakers to pass legislation to avoid an unnecessary shutdown. Today, U.S. Conference of Mayors President Reno (NV) Mayor Hillary Schieve released the following statement:

“This is not a game. The last thing hard working people need right now is their lives and livelihoods threatened by needless political theater. Shutting down the government will have real consequences for the economy, American families, and those who rely on essential federal programs. Cities can’t just shut down. A failure to fund the government would weaken public safety, public health, and our fragile economies. We can’t stress enough that Congress needs to represent the American people who rely on them every day to keep our government operating.”