South Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Sanford claimed in an interview that was posted on YouTube Sunday that the “government didn’t shut down” during the government shutdown.
An estimated 800,000 of the more than 2 million workers that are employed by the federal government were “nonessential” and furloughed when the shutdown began on Oct. 1, 2013. Some, such as civilian workers at the Department of Defense, returned to work as the shutdown dragged on.
A spokesman for Sanford sent this statement:
“Congressman Sanford was referencing the fact that in this “shutdown” approximately 80% of federal employees kept working and only roughly 13% of federal spending was actually shut down. Given the scope of government services that continue without interruption during a lapse in appropriations, calling it a “government shutdown” is overblown.”