Blue Dog Leadership Statement on the Fifth Continuing Resolution of Fiscal Year 2018
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 fifth Continuing Resolution of FY 2018, which will fund the federal government until March 23, 2018:
“Despite the fact that one party is in control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, we still aren’t seeing basic governance. We are five months into the fiscal year, and we don’t have a full-year budget. This is the fifth Continuing Resolution we have had to vote on in order to keep the federal government’s lights on. This isn’t governance—this is reckless. Families and business owners across our country know this isn’t right. They’re sick and tired of Congress creating these monthly crises, and they deserve a government that works for them.
“Members of Congress—both Republicans and Democrats—must come together and get out of this self-destructive pattern. The Blue Dogs want to fund a strong national defense to keep our country secure, and we want to see a long-term, bipartisan budget that addresses our nation’s sky-rocketing debt and deficit.
“Leadership needs to grow a backbone, stop catering to the extreme, and allow bipartisan solutions to be brought to the floor. We have said for years that bipartisan solutions are essential to restore good governance and fiscal responsibility in Washington. As Blue Dogs, we have tirelessly reached across the aisle to get Washington working again, and we won’t give up. 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.”