Rep. Faso Urges Congressional Leadership to Commit to Responsible Budget Solution
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) joined his bipartisan colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus urging Congressional leadership to commit to a long-term budget solution that responsibly funds the federal government.
“It will be impossible to get our nation’s spending under control until we have a budget that is crafted with long-term goals in mind and not just short-term fixes. Families cannot operate on that type of budgeting and neither can our government,” said Faso “A responsible solution would be put together in a bipartisan manner and eliminate sequestration cuts that hamstring our military and prevent us from delivering on promises made to our constituents. It’s time we set politics aside and focus on governing responsibly.
Congress currently faces an imminent deadline with government funding expected to expire on December 8th.
The full text of the letter is below:
Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi,
The Problem Solvers Caucus is a group premised around the notion that Congress works best when Members engage with one another on a bipartisan basis in order to advance solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. So far this year, the Problem Solver Caucus has come together to advocate for a reasonable and responsible spending bill and to develop a better approach to reforming our nation’s health care system. We believe that durable and sustainable solutions can be reached through bipartisan cooperation and leadership.
We write to you now as Congress is once again facing an imminent deadline with government funding expected to expire on December 8 and no clear path forward for resolving both the policy and funding level debates. One of the main drivers of uncertainty around passage of spending bills for Fiscal Year 2018 is the unrealistic constraints for producing Appropriations bills that comply with the caps put in place by the Budget Control Act. Democrats and Republicans have raised concerns that the cuts required by sequestration would simply not meet the commitments made to our constituents or to those who serve our nation in the armed forces.
In prior years, bipartisan budget deals have removed the threat of sequestration and paved the way for fiscally responsible spending bills that have passed with Republican and Democratic support. We believe that Congress should act quickly towards passing a long-term, bipartisan budget deal that would eliminate sequestration cuts for at least two years. We also support efforts to fully pay for any increase of the discretionary budget caps, so that defense and non-defense discretionary spending can be funded at more adequate levels, responsibly. We stand ready to work with you to accomplish this goal.
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