Today, Representative Larry Kissell (NC-08) voted in support of H.R. 2608, to provide a short-term extension to fund government operations through November 18. The federal government faces the threat of shutdown if an agreement is not reached by September 30.
"Our nation, our citizens and our economy cannot withstand another partisan political struggle and threatened government shutdown over what is essentially a seven-week budget extension," said Kissell. "My constituents expect me to act in their best interest, and to be willing to compromise to move our nation forward. There are things in this bill I do not like. Such is the nature of compromise. It is time to end the partisan brinkmanship and to work together to find reasonable, common sense solutions."
A shutdown of the Federal Government would result in an immediate freeze of all government programs, including a disruption of benefits for seniors, military families and veterans, as well as an immediate furlough of thousands of American workers, further stifling our economy.
"The absolute last thing our fragile economy needs is another partisan standoff that does nothing but cause uncertainty, and hurts our businesses, seniors, veterans and working families," added Kissell. "We must do what is right for our country, and my vote today was a vote to avert a crisis and to avoid another prolonged round of partisan political brinkmanship. It's my hope that folks in Washington understand that the people of our nation want us to come together and find solutions. We don't have another day, week or month to waste."
The funding measure failed the House by a vote of 195-230.