Rep. Lipinski Statement on Pending Shutdown of Federal Government

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) this afternoon issued the following statement on the prospects of avoiding a shutdown of the federal government later tonight:

“With the federal government poised to shut down due to yet another crisis manufactured in Washington, I share in the frustration and anger of the American people. Before it’s too late and a government shutdown causes unnecessary harm to our already-too-slow economic recovery, Congress today needs to act. First, Congress should pass a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government running. Then congressional leaders from both parties need tosit down and work out a commonsense agreement that funds the federal government for fiscal year 2014, raises the debt ceilingand deals with our long-term debt problem. All three of these items should be addressed together in a bipartisan manner, just as when I helped lead a bipartisan group of members who introduced a budget based on the Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction Commission recommendations in 2012. When this is completed, Congress and the President should get back to work on job creation, along with fixing Obamacare so that it works for all Americans. I am hopeful, despite this late hour and continued bickering, that Congress will do the responsible thing for the good of the country.”