Lipinski Urges a Commonsense Compromise to Avoid a Government Shutdown

This afternoon, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) issued the following statement on the prospect of a government shutdown occurring at midnight tonight:

“I am deeply disappointed and frustrated that we are now on the verge of a government shutdown. I have repeatedly stated and acted on my belief that both sides must come together in the middle and agree on a commonsense plan to cut the deficit without hurting the middle class. Already, I have helped pass $50 billion in targeted spending reductions for this year while opposing the House Republican budget, whose ill-considered cuts would cost us jobs, harm working families, and damage America’s long-term economic competitiveness. I stand ready to vote for a reasonable plan that will keep our government running while addressing the need to reduce spending without harming job creation.

“The negotiations should never have reached this point. Shutting down the government is irresponsible, plain and simple. For the greater good of our nation as a whole, both sides need to stop playing to the extremes and reach an agreement. No one can get everything they want in a negotiation such as this. I do not expect that I will be happy with every element of the final compromise. But I recognize that is the very nature of compromise.

“In the event of a shutdown, my offices will remain open and my staff will remain available to assist Third District residents. As a Member of Congress, my duty is to represent my constituents, and that is true regardless of whether a shutdown occurs. Indeed, in the event that other areas of the government close, there may be an even greater need and demand for help and information. 

“Whether or not a shutdown occurs at midnight tonight, I will continue working to keep our government operating, to promote fiscal responsibility in Washington, and to actively represent the residents of the Third District.”

(April 8, 2011)