MEDIA ADVISORY: Press briefing this morning urges Congress to end shutdown

A press briefing in Raleigh today, Wed. Oct. 16, will cover impact of federal shutdown on North Carolina, call on Congress to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling

WHO: Congressman Bob Etheridge, policy analysts and representatives from North Carolina nonprofits

WHAT: A press briefing on the government shutdown's impact on the state of North Carolina

WHERE: In front of Raleigh downtown post office, 300 Fayetteville St.

WHEN: Wed., Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.

RALEIGH (Oct. 16, 2013) – The federal government shutdown and looming debt ceiling crisis are harming North Carolina, and unless Congress acts, it will only get worse.

That's the message former Rep. Bob Etheridge and other speakers will deliver at a press briefing today at 10:30 a.m. In front of Raleigh's downtown post office, speakers will call on Congress to re-open the government, raise the debt ceiling, and pursue new revenue as a core part of deficit reduction efforts.

Speakers will include: Congressman Bob Etheridge; Allan Freyer, Policy Analyst, Budget & Tax Center; Michele Rivest, Executive Director, North Carolina Child Care Coalition; and a representative from the American Federation of Government Employees.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Allan Freyer,, 919.856.2151919.856.2151; Jeff Shaw, director of communications,, 503.551.3615503.551.3615.