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Perlmutter Urges Speaker Boehner to Keep House in Session Every Day to Prevent Shutdown
Congress needs to work around the clock to prevent a shutdown and avoid damage to our economy again
With only five legislative days scheduled before October 1st, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) urged Speaker John Boehner to keep the House in session every day until a deal is reached to prevent another government shutdown. Perlmutter joined 121 other Democrats to make this plea in a letter to Speaker Boehner sent September 22, 2015.
“As we all remember, the last Republican-led government shut down in October 2013 lasted for over two weeks and cost our economy $24 billion and 120,000 private sector jobs. The reckless shutdown stalled veterans disability claims from being processed, prevented Americans from enrolling in NIH clinical trials and closed Head Start programs,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “For the sake of our economy and working families across Colorado, we cannot afford another government shutdown. That is why I’m calling on Speaker Boehner to bring a clean government funding bill to the floor.”
Without agreeing on legislation that can be signed by the President, the government will close its doors at 12:01 am on October 1st. The letter calls on the Speaker to use his power to keep Congress working every day until there's an agreement.
“As Representatives, each of us has an obligation to the American people—the working families, seniors, veterans and others we have the privilege of serving. Now is the time to reject partisan gridlock and work together toward a common sense solution for the American people,” the letter reads. It also warns that “With the clock ticking, we can’t afford to waste a moment.”
Below is the text of the full letter to Speaker Boehner:
September 22, 2015
Dear Speaker Boehner,
We write you today to express our deep concern regarding the looming government shutdown which will occur on October 1st should Congress fail to reach a bipartisan consensus to fund the government.
As of right now, there are just six legislative days scheduled before the end of the month. The American people deserve to know that their elected representatives are working around the clock to avoid another self-inflicted Washington wound on our national and local economies.
As the Speaker of the House, you have the power to change the legislative calendar. We strongly urge you to keep the House of Representatives in session every day from now until we reach a deal.
We already know the impact that a shutdown will have on our economy because it happened just two years ago. According to Standard & Poors, the 16 day government shutdown of 2013 cost the U.S. economy $24 billion and reduced 4th quarter GDP growth by 0.6%. We simply cannot allow this failure to happen again.
As Representatives, each of us has an obligation to the American people—the working families, seniors, veterans and others we have the privilege of serving. Now is the time to reject partisan gridlock and work together toward a common sense solution for the American people.
With the clock ticking, we can't afford to waste a moment. As Speaker, you have the power to keep Congress in session. We urge you to exercise that authority before it's too late.