Instead of showing critical missing children bulletins, the federal Amber Alert website on Sunday displayed a sparse, white screen with a simple message: It’s a victim of the government shutdown.
“Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable,” the message reads, just below a U.S. Department of Justice seal.
The website normally displays urgent alerts from across the nation about the most at-risk missing children, helping to connect citizens and law enforcement across all participating jurisdictions.
This is a new low. Obama SPENT money to close natl parks but shut down the Amber Alert website. Look for yourself: http://t.co/jG1QYAt7xe
— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) October 6, 2013