An Update on the Government Shutdown
The second week of the government shutdown is upon us and I want you to know that I’m doing everything I can to put an end to this manufactured crisis. You’ll recall this began by Speaker Boehner and the majority in the House insisting that the health care law be repealed in order to secure their votes to keep the government functioning as the new fiscal year began on October 1st.
Last week, I signed a letter with 199 of my colleagues telling Speaker Boehner “Enough is enough”…bring a one page bill to the floor of the House with no strings attached to reopen the government. If the Speaker did this right now, I’m 100 percent certain that such a bill would pass immediately on a bipartisan basis.
In fact, there is such a bill in the House right now. Introduced last week, the resolution calls for an ‘up’ or ‘down’ vote on a government funding bill through November 15th. Speaker Boehner has refused to bring it up for a vote, but if a majority of the House (218 Members) sign onto the effort, he would be required to bring it to the floor immediately for a vote. With 200 Democrats already in support of the resolution, and 21 Republicans publicly supporting a ‘clean’ funding bill, again, I’m fully confident that the required 218 votes would be cast to reopen the government.
This proposed bill represents a major concession to the Republican Party by accepting their funding levels to operate the government at sequestration levels. Sequestration went into effect on March 1st, making $85 billion in across-the-board cuts to government agencies this year, and an additional $109 billion in cuts for each of the next eight years, totaling $1.2 trillion. This was very difficult for me to accept because, in my view, these cuts have negative repercussions for our country and our economy. But what’s totally unacceptable to me is this government shutdown.
I stand firm in my commitment to resolve what I believe is a reckless, irresponsible and high-risk shutdown. I’ll continue to do everything I can to resolve this mess, which is hurting our country and our economy.
My offices in Palo Alto and Washington, D.C. remain open to serve the people of the 18th Congressional District, and any constituent who has questions or needs assistance can continue to contact us at the Palo Alto office (650) 323-2984 or the Washington, D.C. office (202) 225-8104.
As always, should you have any questions or comments, let me hear from you.
Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress