Blue Dog Leadership Statement on House Passage of the Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON—Today, the co-chair of the fiscally-responsible Blue Dog Coalition, Rep. Lou Correa (CA-46), released the following statement in response to the House passage of a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through December 20, 2019:
“So far, the House has passed 10 bills to fund most of the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020, and the Senate has passed four appropriations bills. A lack of action by Congress has brought us to today’s Continuing Resolution, which is only a temporary fix to avoid an even worse result, a federal government shutdown. Lurching from one self-imposed deadline to another is no way to govern.
“It is clear the only way Congress will be able to get its act together to do its most basic job—to pass a budget and all appropriations bills on time—is to enact a set of deterrents for bad behavior. House leadership should bring the Blue Dog-endorsed No Budget, No Pay Act and Government Shutdown Impact Report Act of 2019 to the floor for a vote. Americans deserve better and they deserve peace of mind that Congress will do its job and do it on time, just like they do every day.”
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which lasted from December 22, 2018, to January 25, 2019, reduced economic growth by a total of $11 billion during the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. Moreover, a bipartisan Senate report revealed that over the past five years, three government shutdowns have cost the American taxpayers nearly $4 billion.
This year, the Blue Dog Coalition endorsed two bills intended to prevent another government shutdown:
- No Budget, No Pay Act: The No Budget, No Pay Act would halt paychecks for all members of Congress if they do not pass a budget and all appropriations bills by October 1st every year, and retroactive pay is not an option. In 2013, Congress overwhelmingly passed a watered-down version of the No Budget, No Pay Act. That year, both the House and Senate passed individual budgets for the first time in four years. That wasn’t a coincidence.
- Government Shutdown Impact Report Act: In the event of another government shutdown, the Government Shutdown Impact Report of 2019 would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare a daily report on the cost and impact on the U.S. economy.
In addition to these bills, under the leadership of Reps. Ben McAdams (UT-04) and Ed Case (HI-01), the Blue Dogs also released a Blueprint for Fiscal Reform where they reiterated their call for strict, enforceable spending caps to ensure a fiscally-responsible federal budget.