WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, released a statement ahead of the U.S. House of Representatives vote on a one-week continuing resolution criticizing their use instead of offering a budget.
There is little reason to applaud today’s vote on a continuing resolution.
A government shutdown in the middle of a pandemic would be unacceptable, but continuing to do the bare minimum to keep our government running does little to restore faith in this process.
No country that seeks to be an example to the world should function like this. No business would gain the confidence of shareholders with this behavior. And no parent would teach their children about responsibility or planning with this as the example of leadership.
As a relative newcomer to Congress, I will not accept that my fifth continuing resolution vote in 23 months is just the way things work in Washington. Once a federal budget is finalized and new COVID-19 relief is secured, I will be urging my colleagues to look seriously at reforms that could end this yearly brinkmanship and its threat to vital programs and benefits.