Congressman Dave Loebsack issued the following statement today as the House of Representatives continues to work toward and FY 2011 Budget.
"Like all Iowans, I am deeply frustrated that political posturing is taking precedence over the needs of Iowa families, businesses and our economic recovery. Iowans are continuing to struggle, yet the political games continue and the House Leadership will not even pass legislation, of which I am a cosponsor, to stop Members of Congress and the President from receiving their tax-payer funded paychecks if Washington fails to do its most basic job.
"Shutting down the government would be the height of irresponsibility; wasting taxpayer money and jeopardizing our economic recovery. It could also keep our troops from getting paid; our veterans from receiving their hard-earned disability, pension and education benefits; and deny small businesses access to needed loans.
"A government shutdown can be avoided, and I call on all those involved to stop the political food fight. Politicians in Washington must put their grandstanding aside so that we can focus on the priorities of our constituents and come up with a reasonable solution to address our nation's pressing economic needs."