Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, released the statement below following passage of H.R. 444, a Republican-led bill that would turn the federal budget process into a political game:
"This bill makes it clear, once again, that Republicans are more interested in playing games than actually getting the job done for the American people. This bill does nothing to restore confidence in our economy, create jobs, or stop the devastating process known as sequestration.
"The clock is ticking and the challenges in front of Congress are very real. The American people deserve a Congress that works together to find a balanced plan to reduce the deficit and put an end to these dangerous across-the-board spending cuts. And, that's what we should give them."
Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.