Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) voted to keep the federal government open and protect the American economy and families from a devastating shutdown. H.R.5305, the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act extends government funding through December 3rd, while also providing desperately needed disaster relief and helping resettle Afghan refugees in the United States.
“At a time when our country is rebounding from the pandemic, we cannot afford a devastating government shutdown which would hurt hardworking families and businesses in Colorado and across the country," said Perlmutter.
This government funding bill ensures the uninterrupted operations of government services for two more months – allowing Democrats and Republicans to continue to advance appropriations priorities through the regular order process for Fiscal Year 2022. It also delivers emergency funding for urgent priorities, including relief funding for communities devastated by this summer’s record-breaking natural disasters and funding to resettle Afghan refugees after the historic evacuation effort in August.
Last week, House Democrats passed similar legislation to fund the government, which also included a suspension of the debt ceiling through December 2022. This action ensured that the federal government could continue to meet the financial obligations it has already made, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, services for veterans and paychecks for members of the military. A recent study by Moody’s showed that a debt default – which Republicans voted for – would cost the economy up to six million jobs and wipe out potentially $15 trillion in household wealth. Over the last decade, every time the debt limit has needed to be addressed, Congress has come together and acted on a bipartisan basis.