Majority of Democratic Members of Congress Sign Bustos Letter Urging Speaker Boehner to Keep the House in Session Continually Until Shutdown is Averted

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that 125 Members of Congress have officially signed onto 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. Bustos first released her letter on Thursday of last week, but since then, 46 additional members of Congress have requested that their names be added. Now, the majority of Democratic Members of Congress have formally called for Speaker Boehner to stop giving Congress days off with a potentially damaging government shutdown looming on October 1st.

 

“Speaker Boehner let Washington go on recess for five days despite the very real economic risk a government shutdown poses to our economy,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “The last government shutdown cost our economy $24 billion and Americans lost out on 120,000 jobs, so I can’t understand why the Speaker has thus far refused our request to stay at the negotiating table for as long as it takes. I want to thank all of my colleagues who have backed my initiative to keep Congress working around the clock until we have an agreement that protects our economy and strengthens working families.”

 

As of right now, Congress has just five days of scheduled work with four days of recess, including today, before a potential shutdown.

 

Click here to view an updated copy of the Bustos Letter.

 

Below is the updated 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 five 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

 

Jackie Speier

Member of Congress

 

Lloyd Doggett

Member of Congress

 

Adam Schiff

Member of Congress

 

Mike Thompson

Member of Congress

 

Diana DeGette

Member of Congress

 

Gerald E. Connolly

Member of Congress

 

Alcee L. Hastings

Member of Congress

 

Seth Moulton 

Member of Congress

 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Member of Congress

 

Lucille Roybal-Allard

Member of Congress

 

Susan Davis

Member of Congress

 

Dutch Ruppersberger

Member of Congress

 

Rosa DeLauro

Member of Congress

 

Peter Defazio

Member of Congress

 

Henry Cuellar

Member of Congress

 

John Carney

Member of Congress

 

Terri Sewell

Member of Congress

 

Sheila Jackson Lee

Member of Congress

 

Donald Paine Jr.

Member of Congress

 

Sam Farr

Member of Congress

 

Danny Davis

Member of Congress

 

Joaquin Castro

Member of Congress

 

Donald Norcross

Member of Congress

 

Joseph Crowley

Member of Congress

 

Ted Deutch

Member of Congress

 

Alan Grayson

Member of Congress

 

Marc Veasey

Member of Congress

 

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Member of Congress

 

Denny Heck

Member of Congress

 

Tony Cárdenas

Member of Congress

 

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Member of Congress

 

Lois Capps

Member of Congress

 

James R. Langevin

Member of Congress

 

Joe Courtney

Member of Congress

 

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Member of Congress

 

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Member of Congress

 

Brendan Boyle

Member of Congress

 

Ben Ray Luján

Member of Congress

 

Rubén Hinojosa

Member of Congress

 

Loretta Sanchez

Member of Congress

 

Nita Lowey

Member of Congress

 

Niki Tsongas

Member of Congress

 

Stephen Lynch

Member of Congress

 

Alan Lowenthal

Member of Congress

 

Ted Lieu

Member of Congress

 

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