Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) signed on as a co-sponsor of a bill to prevent a government shutdown.
"I am a co-sponsor of the "Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2013' because the gridlock and partisanship in Washington should no longer be allowed to hold families and businesses hostage," said Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.
"This bill prevents government shutdown, and forces Congress and the President to not miss statutory budget deadlines," continued Fitzpatrick, "It is long overdue and I will bring people together from both sides of the aisle to get it passed."
"The delay and indecision in Washington is costing families and is holding back our economy," continued Fitzpatrick, "People need to know that the services they depend upon will be there, while businesses need predictability and certainty from the Federal government to plan their budgets."
The Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2013, HR 1164, creates an automatic Continuing Resolution (CR) for regular appropriations bills not completed before the end of the fiscal year. The current CR that the government is operating under expires on March 27th. The House of Representatives has already passed a bill to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year.
Under HR 1164, if the Senate were to fail to pass a funding bill by March 27th, the "auto-CR" would go in to affect and after 120 days funding is reduced by one percent and continues to be reduced by one percent every 90 days of budget deadline lapses. The decrease in amount provided under the auto-CR is an incentive for both Congress and the President to reach agreements on appropriations bills.
"While it is unfortunate that we have to introduce bills like this to make Washington do its job," said Fitzpatrick, "The past four years have proven that a measure like this is necessary."
"With $16.6 trillion in debt and federal deficit spending around $1 trillion a year, it is time for a responsible approach to federal spending," closed Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick has also introduced the SHIELD Act (HR 55) which would require that, in the event of a government shutdown or other lapse of appropriations, money would still be made available for the military and critical federal law enforcement agents.