Congressmen Paul Mitchell and Raja Krishnamoorthi Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Calling for an End to Government Shutdowns
WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Mitchell (MI-10) today led a bipartisan legislative effort with Democrat Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) calling on Congress to prevent any future lapse in appropriations, and to permanently end government shutdowns.
Mitchell issued the following statement:
“One of Congress’ most fundamental duties is to fund the government and keep the lights on. Millions of Americans rely every day on critical government services operating effectively, and as we have seen recently, when the appropriations process cannot be completed on time, government employees, their families, the economy, and our nation as a whole suffer. As I said many times during the previous shutdown – these situations can be avoided if all involved parties negotiate in good faith and find a compromise. I am pleased to introduce this legislation which reinforces Congress’ commitment to preventing future government shutdowns and protecting those adversely impacted by them.”
“During this last shutdown, government workers were held hostage without pay for 35 days, creating financial distress for working families in my district and across the country. During this time, numerous critical government programs were unfunded, leaving millions of Americans without vital services essential to their safety, health, and prosperity. To top it all off, a recent S&P report states that our economy lost $6 billion dollars due to the shutdown. I am proud to say today’s legislation solidifies Congress’ bipartisan commitment to prevent any government shutdown from harming our citizens, our workers, and our economy ever again.”