STATEMENT: PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS DEMAND FULL YEAR BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL TO AVOID SHUTDOWN
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Thursday, November 21, 2019, the Problem Solvers Caucus formally supported the following position:
“Governing by continuing resolutions and government shutdowns are no way to run our country and hurts the people we were sent to Washington to represent. This is why the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus is calling on Democratic and Republican congressional leadership to put forward a bipartisan spending bill to fully fund our government through the end of this fiscal year.”
Several Problem Solvers Caucus members added the following comments:
"Keeping the federal government open shouldn't be a partisan issue. We need to ensure vital government services like the VA are functioning and our military servicemen and women receive their paychecks. Our congressional leaders, both Democratic and Republican, have to be able to put politics aside and find solutions that put the nation first," said Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair Josh Gottheimer. "It's clear that our budget system is broken. That's why the Problem Solvers Caucus, as a group of 24 Democrats and 24 Republicans, is demanding that we break through the gridlock to work to find a bipartisan budget solution to fund our government. No more short term fixes — the American people deserve certainty.”
"This Continuing Resolution keeps government running and provides some budget certainty to families, businesses and communities across the country," said Congressman Jim Costa. "It extends funding for community health centers and diabetes programs, provides a pay raise to our armed forces and ensures states receive highway funding. But these temporary fixes need to stop. I’m hopeful, come December, Congress will stop kicking the can down the road and pass a funding bill."
“It is vital to our national security that we break the gridlock that has led to not having a budget, and instead three more continuing resolutions. For the last two years we have made great strides to fix the military’s broken readiness and modernization issues, but current budget impasse and continuing resolutions are unraveling that progress,” said Congressman Don Bacon.
The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprising of 48 members – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. It is co-chaired by Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY).