Schrader Statement on GOP Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON – Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) released the following statement after House Republicans guaranteed a government shutdown by refusing to pass a clean continuing resolution to fund government operations:
“Right now, Oregonians expect their Congress to work together to pass a budget, create certainty in the markets for investors and get folks back to working good, family-wage jobs,” Schrader said. “What they do not expect from us is to pound our chests over lost political causes, risk shutting down the economy and end vital services and investments they depend on.
“Instead of coming to the table and working with willing Democrats like me to find middle ground on our nation’s budget problems, House Republicans chose to cater to their reckless Tea Party ideologues and shut down the U.S. government. This is exactly the opposite of what American families and businesses need.
“The Tea Party cannot begin to justify this terrible mess that they have made. They argue against policy riders then attach amendments to dismantle the health care law in a continuing resolution. They argue that the health care law must be delayed to provide certainty to the American people then pass a bill that creates more uncertainty for a longer period of time. They argue that Congress must tackle our deficits then pass a bill that adds to them.
“I will continue to work with my more thoughtful and reasonable Democratic and Republican friends on putting forward a substantive long-term deficit reduction and immediate jobs package that encourages economic investment in the U.S., strengthens our entitlement programs for the next generation and ends the can kicking that we are all sick of.
“Lastly, I firmly believe that if Members of Congress fail to perform their most basic duty in passing a budget, then they do not deserve to be paid. It is in that vein that I will be donating the congressional salary I collect during the shutdown to a local Oregon charity to be named later. It’s time for Congress to get its act together.”