U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, R-Ind., released statements over the weekend on the failure of Congress to enact federal funding legislation and the subsequent government shutdown.
Visclosky’s statement: “Congress has a primary job of approving funding legislation in order to grow our economy and ensure the health and safety of all citizens. I opposed the most recent continuing resolution legislation because we are already 111 days late and we cannot postpone the critical decisions that need to be made any longer. It would postpone critical decisions on federal funding for the fourth time in less than 16 weeks. How can states, communities, federal agencies, and those they hire plan investments to grow our economy and jobs if they do not know with certainty what their annual budget will be. It is infuriating that we are abdicating our most basic responsibility. Enough is enough. It is past time we start working together to solve problems and build our economy.”
Donnelly’s statement: “The most basic duty of Congress is to fund the federal government, and I voted to keep the government running. I am incredibly disappointed Congress failed to prevent a shutdown. Like in 2013, I’m going to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to reopen the government, and I will donate my take-home pay during the shutdown to charity in Indiana.”
In 2013, Donnelly donated his take-home pay for the 16 days of the federal government shutdown, worth $5,000, to 10 food banks across Indiana.