Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Bipartisan Agreement to Fund Government Through End of FY2020
WASHINGTON—Today, the Democratic Blue Dog Coalition and numerous House Republicans, including members of the Republican Tuesday Group, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership calling on them to come to a bipartisan agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020.
The letter was led by all members of Blue Dog Coalition leadership—Reps. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), Lou Correa (CA-46), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), and Kurt Schrader (OR-05)—as well as Co-Chairs of the Tuesday Group, Reps. John Katko (NY-24) and Fred Upton (MI-06), and member of the Tuesday Group, Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03).
The following Blue Dog members signed the letter: Rep. Ed Case (HI-01), Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05), Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13), Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Rep. Kendra Horn (OK-05), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (IL-03), Rep. Ben McAdams (UT-04), Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-07), Rep. Max Rose (NY-11), Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10), Rep. David Scott (GA-13), Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02), and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02).
Additionally, the following House Republicans signed the letter: Rep. Susan Brooks (IN-05), Rep. Paul Cook (CA-08), Rep. John Curtis (UT-03), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (PR-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06), Rep. David Joyce (OH-14), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Rep. David McKinley (WV-01), and Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21).
See below for the full text:
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell, and Leader Schumer,
We write to express grave concerns regarding the dwindling timeframe for the consideration of regular appropriations bills prior to the current funding deadline on December 20. With six days on the legislative calendar before funding expires, a bipartisan commitment is needed to fully fund the entire government through the end of FY 2020 and prevent yet another costly and unnecessary government shutdown.
Providing adequate funding for government operations constitutes one of Congress’s most fundamental responsibilities to the American people. With millions of our constituents depending on the certainty of federal funding for critical national defense operations and domestic programs, any lapse in appropriations represents an unacceptable outcome that needlessly jeopardizes their well-being.
In the absence of a long-term spending agreement, Congress has become reliant on short-term continuing resolutions (CRs) to avoid a government shutdown. These stop-gap CRs create financial uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of federal workers and an even larger number of Americans who depend on the services they provide. Moreover, our military leaders have warned Congress that lurching from CR to CR is detrimental to our troops and dangerous for our national security. Our armed forces depend on predictable budgeting to make reliable investments in technology and training that empower our men and women in uniform to combat growing threats around the globe.
Congress must end the political games and focus on delivering meaningful solutions to the American people. We urge you, the leaders of the House and the Senate, to come together to reach an agreement that fully funds the entire federal government through the end of FY 2020, so the American people can have the peace of mind they deserve.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this request. We look forward to working together and ensuring our constituents have a strong voice on this pressing issue.