Blue Dog Leadership Statement on the House Passage of Two-Week Continuing Resolution

Dec 7, 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 in response to the House passage of the two-week Continuing Resolution:

“Keeping the government open for two weeks at a time isn’t something for either party to celebrate. In fact, it’s unacceptable that Congress continues to miss key deadlines to do our most basic job—to keep the lights on so the federal government can continue to provide the vital services that many of our fellow Americans rely on every day.  

“Congress is two months behind schedule to enact full-year appropriations—and the clock keeps ticking. We cannot continue to govern by deadline and lurch from one self-inflicted crisis to another due to Congress’ inability to come together. That’s why we’ve endorsed 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.

“The Blue Dogs have said for years that bipartisan solutions are essential to restore fiscal responsibility and create economic opportunities for American families, businesses and investors. We are committed to taking a balanced approach to reducing our federal debts and deficits. That’s why we endorsed a Balanced Budget Amendment, so we can start a candid, bipartisan debate in Congress about the risk of piling on to our deficit and passing along a massive debt to our children and grandchildren.

“We will continue to advocate for an appropriations bill that includes bipartisan input for restoring fiscal accountability and deficit reduction. This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue; it’s an American issue.”