Blue Dog Leadership: Congress Must Stop Governing by Crisis and Start Doing Its Job on Time

Dec 21, 2017
Press Release

Today, the co-chairs of the fiscally-responsible, Democratic Blue Dog Coalition—Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)—released the following statement on the proposed Continuing Resolution, which will fund the federal government until January 19, 2018:

“There is no question that the budget process in Washington is broken. Each year, Congress has an October 1 deadline to enact all 12 of its full-year appropriations bills. Just like Christmas day, this date never changes. Yet, Congress has enacted all of its appropriations bills on time only twice in the past 25 years.

“Today’s Continuing Resolution is yet another temporary fix to avoid an even worse result, a federal government shutdown. This is simply inexcusable, and lurching from one self-inflicted crisis to another has real consequences for government operations. In fact, it inhibits military readiness and the military’s ability to adapt to the challenges of today. At a time when our nation is facing some of the most complex and daunting national security challenges—global terrorism, an emboldened Russian president who is committed to destabilizing the west, and a North Korean dictator who is running to acquire nuclear weapons that could hit the United States—we cannot afford to continue this irresponsible pattern.  

“That’s why the Blue Dogs have backed key budgetary reforms, including the No Budget, No Pay Act, which would halt paychecks for all House and Senate members if they miss annual deadlines for budget and appropriations bills. Congress should live by the same rules the American people abide by every day: Do your job and do it on time, or you don’t get paid.

“We have said for years that bipartisan solutions are essential to restore good governance and fiscal responsibility in Washington. As Blue Dogs we’ll continue to advocate for policies that hold Congress accountable to do its basic job on time, and for a true bipartisan budget solution, because Americans deserve better.”