Since the government shutdown on October 1, 2013 Congressman Lipinski has been working within a nonpartisan group of legislators to find common ground to end the political gridlock. Yesterday, he put out a statement urging the House and the Senate to take up a bipartisan proposal that offered a short term spending plan to reopen the government temporarily raise the debt ceiling at a later date, with the idea that a process of a long-term budget deal could be made between the House and Senate.
Rep. Lipinski said. “I remain hopeful that all sides can compromise on this crisis created by Washington in the first place and do the right thing for the American people. The time for political games is long over. We need to act.”
The only reason the shutdown even occurred once again is because the last time Obama or the Senate passed a budget was April 29, 2009. Their failure to fulfill their responsibilities has left the United States fiscal matters totally in the air, and up for grabs. The shutdown is costing an estimated $300 million a day and has left constituents somewhat confused and angered.
Rep. Lipinski is part of the No Labels coalition that comprised of more than 15 Republicans and Democrats that meet regularly to encourage cooperation between the House and the Senate and find long-term solutions to the problems facing our country.