Blue Dogs Vote to Keep Government Open
WASHINGTON – Today, the Blue Dog Coalition voted in support of the short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J.Res. 99) that funds the federal government until May 5, 2017.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications, issued the following statement:
“The Blue Dogs are committed to responsible governance, which is why we have supported keeping the government open and providing the vital services that so many of our fellow Americans rely on every day. However, it is absurd that we have reached the point where keeping the government open for another week is viewed as an accomplishment.
“We cannot continue to govern by deadline and lurch from crisis to crisis, many of them self-inflicted because of Congress’s inability to come together, as communities do across the country every day. In the current pattern of congressional gridlock, we cannot effectively maintain our national security and prepare for future military contingencies, especially when we’re funding on a week-by-week basis. It’s far past time to put a bipartisan omnibus funding bill before the House of Representatives to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, provide some certainty to our fellow Americans, and begin to restore their trust that Congress can do its job.
“We have said for years that bipartisan solutions are essential to restore fiscal responsibility and to create economic opportunities for American families, businesses and investors. The Blue Dogs are committed to taking a balanced approach to reducing our federal debts and deficits. And we will continue to advocate for an appropriations bill that includes bipartisan input for restoring fiscal accountability and deficit reduction.”
For Immediate Release
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