Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Bustos Letter Urging Speaker Boehner to Keep House in Session Every Day to Prevent Shutdown Earns Support of Nearly 80 Members of Congress

Momentum builds for Bustos-Led Effort to Keep Congress Working Around the Clock to Prevent a Shutdown from Damaging our Economy Again
Sep 17, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that 79 Members of Congress have officially backed her letter to Speaker John Boehner urging him to keep the House in session every day until a deal is reached to prevent another government shutdown.

With just six legislative days scheduled before the government closes its doors at 12:01 am on October 1st, the Bustos Letter calls on the Speaker to use his power to keep Congress working every day, including over the next two weekends, until there's an agreement.

“Working families can’t afford another self-inflicted Washington wound on our economy, so I hope Speaker Boehner will listen to our coalition of nearly 80 Members of Congress who want to keep working for as long as it takes to reach a deal,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “The last time the government shut down, our nation lost $24 billion in economic activity so we can't waste a single minute. The stakes are just too high for Washington dysfunction or partisan gridlock to get in the way of a real solution for working families. I strongly urge the Speaker to do the right thing before it's too late."

As of right now, Congress has more recess days scheduled than working days before a potential shutdown.

Below is the text of the Bustos Letter to Speaker Boehner:

Dear Speaker Boehner,

We write you today to express our deep concern regarding the looming government shutdown which will occur on October 1st should Congress fail to reach a bipartisan consensus to fund the government.

As of right now, there are just six legislative days scheduled before the end of the month. The American people deserve to know that their elected representatives are working around the clock to avoid another self-inflicted Washington wound on our national and local economies.

As the Speaker of the House, you have the power to change the legislative calendar. We strongly urge you to keep the House of Representatives in session every day from now until we reach a deal.

We already know the impact that a shutdown will have on our economy because it happened just two years ago. According to Standard & Poors, the 16 day government shutdown of 2013 cost the U.S. economy $24 billion and reduced 4th quarter GDP growth by 0.6%. We simply cannot allow this failure to happen again.

As Representatives, each of us has an obligation to the American people—the working families, seniors, veterans and others we have the privilege of serving. Now is the time to reject partisan gridlock and work together toward a common sense solution for the American people.

With the clock ticking, we can't afford to waste a moment. As Speaker, you have the power to keep Congress in session. We urge you to exercise that authority before it's too late.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

Cheri Bustos

Member of Congress

 

Linda Sánchez

Member of Congress

 

Derek Kilmer

Member of Congress

 

Judy Chu

Member of Congress

 

G.K. Butterfield

Member of Congress

 

Raúl M. Grijalva

Member of Congress

 

Jared Polis

Member of Congress

 

Jan Schakowsky

Member of Congress

 

Jim Cooper

Member of Congress

 

Ruben Gallego

Member of Congress

 

Joyce Beatty

Member of Congress

 

Brad Ashford

Member of Congress

 

Tammy Duckworth

Member of Congress

 

Sanford Bishop

Member of Congress

 

Gwen Graham

Member of Congress

 

Jim Costa

Member of Congress

 

Filemon Vela

Member of Congress

 

Kyrsten Sinema

Member of Congress

 

Suzan DelBene

Member of Congress

 

Bill Foster

Member of Congress

 

Juan Vargas

Member of Congress

 

Mike Quigley

Member of Congress

 

Mark Takai

Member of Congress

 

Debbie Dingell

Member of Congress

 

Steve Cohen

Member of Congress

 

John Delaney

Member of Congress

 

Paul D. Tonko

Member of Congress

 

Julia Brownley

Member of Congress

 

Scott Peters

Member of Congress

 

Rick Nolan

Member of Congress

 

Matthew Cartwright

Member of Congress

 

Kathleen M. Rice

Member of Congress

 

David Cicilline

Member of Congress

 

Tulsi Gabbard

Member of Congress

 

Dave Loebsack

Member of Congress

 

Ami Bera

Member of Congress

 

Katherine Clark

Member of Congress

 

Ann Kirkpatrick

Member of Congress

 

Alma Adams

Member of Congress

 

Sean Patrick Maloney

Member of Congress

 

Jared Huffman

Member of Congress

 

Mike Honda

Member of Congress

 

Dan Kildee

Member of Congress

 

Grace Napolitano

Member of Congress

 

Mark DeSaulnier

Member of Congress

 

Barbara Lee

Member of Congress

 

Sander Levin

Member of Congress

 

Steve Israel

Member of Congress

 

Elijah Cummings

Member of Congress

 

Chellie Pingree

Member of Congress

 

James P. McGovern

Member of Congress

 

Mark Pocan

Member of Congress

 

Tim Walz

Member of Congress

 

Elizabeth Esty

Member of Congress

 

Jim Himes

Member of Congress

 

Grace Meng

Member of Congress

 

John Garamendi

Member of Congress

 

Chris Van Hollen

Member of Congress

 

Emanuel Cleaver

Member of Congress

 

Brad Sherman

Member of Congress

 

Ed Perlmutter

Member of Congress

 

Bobby Rush

Member of Congress

 

Robin Kelly

Member of Congress

 

Luis Gutiérrez

Member of Congress

 

Ann Kuster

Member of Congress

 

Lois Frankel

Member of Congress

 

Joseph Kennedy

Member of Congress

 

André Carson

Member of Congress

 

Donna Edwards

Member of Congress

 

Patrick Murphy

Member of Congress

 

Peter Welch

Member of Congress

 

Marcia Fudge

Member of Congress

 

Karen Bass

Member of Congress

 

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Member of Congress

 

Corrine Brown

Member of Congress

 

Charles Rangel

Member of Congress

 

Dina Titus

Member of Congress

 

Jackie Speier

Member of Congress

 

Lloyd Doggett

Member of Congress

 

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