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Letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner - Demand a Vote on Bill to Reopen Government

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, 200 Members of the House Democratic Caucus, led by Congressmen Timothy H. Bishop and Patrick Murphy, sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner demanding a vote on behalf of the American people on the Senate-passed continuing resolution, which would reopen government and end the detrimental, five day long Republican Government Shutdown. The letter, which is signed by 195 voting Members and 5 non-voting delegates, makes clear that there is a bipartisan majority to pass this bill and reopen government now. Below is the full text of the letter:

October 5, 2013

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner,

Enough is enough.

Today marks the fifth day that the federal government has been shutdown. Please consider how deeply unfair this is to the citizens we represent.

The solution to this crisis is a simple piece of legislation that funds the government at levels that have already passed both chambers of Congress.

At this point, to attach defunding or delaying the Affordable Care Act to legislation needed to re-open the government is to put our economy at risk in order to advance a political agenda.

We demand a vote on a clean continuing resolution immediately so that government functioning can resume and Americans can move on with their lives.

The games have to stop.

best regards,


Congressman Timothy H. Bishop (NY-1)
Congressman Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer
Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn
Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra
Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Joseph Crowley
Robert E. Andrews (NJ-1)
Ron Barber (AZ-2)
Karen Bass (CA-37)
Joyce Beatty (OH-3)
Ami Bera (CA-7)
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-2)
Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
Suzanne Bonamici (OR-2)
Madeleine Z. Bordallo (GU-DL)
Robert A. Brady (PA-1)
Bruce L. Braley (IA-1)
Corrine Brown (FL-5)
Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
G.K. Butterfield (NC-1)
Lois Capps (CA-24)
Michael E. Capuano (MA-7)
Tony Cardenas (CA-29)
John C. Carney, Jr. (DE-AL)
Andre Carson (IN-7)
Matthew A. Cartwright (PA-17)
Kathy Castor (FL-14)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Donna M. Christensen (VI-DL)
Judy Chu (CA-27)
David N. Cicilline (RI-1)
Yvette D. Clarke (NY-9)
WM. Lacy Clay (MO-1)
Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-5)
Steve Cohen (TN-9)
Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11)
John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7)
Danny K. Davis (IL-7)
Susan A. Davis (CA-53)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Diana DeGette (CO-1)
John K. Delaney (MD-6)
Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3)
Suzan K. DelBene (CO-1)
Ted Deutch (FL-21)
John Dingell (MI-12)
Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
Michael F. Doyle (PA-14)
Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)
Donna F. Edwards (MD-4)
Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Eliot L. Engel (NY-16)
William L. Enyart (IL-12)
Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18)
Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5)
Sam Farr (CA-20)
Chaka Fattah (PA-2)
Bill Foster (IL-11)
Lois Frankel (FL-22)
Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
John Garamendi (CA-3)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
Alan Grayson (FL-9)
Al Green (TX-9)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-3)
Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-4)
Janice Hahn (CA-44)
Colleen W. Hanabusa (HI-1)
Alcee Hastings (FL-20)
Denny Heck (WA-10)
Brian Higgins (NY-26)
James A. Himes (CT-4)
Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15)
Rush Holt (NJ-12)
Michael M. Honda (CA-17)
Steven A. Horsford (NV-4)
Jared Huffman (CA-2)
Steve Israel (NY-3)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Hakeem S. Jeffries (NY-8)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (GA-4)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Bill Keating (MA-9)
Robin Kelly (IL-2)
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (MA-4)
Daniel T. Kildee (MI-5)
Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2)
James R. Langevin (RI-2)
Rick Larsen (WA-2)
John B. Larson (CT-1)
Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Sander M. Levin (MI-9)
John Lewis (GA-5)
Daniel Lipinski (IL-3)
Dave Loebsack (IA-2)
Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Alan S. Lowenthal (CA-47)
Nita M. Lowey (NY-17)
Ben Ray Luján (NM-3)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1)
Stephen F. Lynch (MA-8)
Daniel Maffei (NY-24)
Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12)
Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)
Doris O. Matsui (CA-6)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4)
Betty McCollum (MN-4)
Jim McDermott (WA-7)
James P. McGovern (MA-2)
Jerry McNerney (CA-9)
Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5)
Grace Meng (NY-6)
Michael H. Michaud (ME-2)
George Miller (CA-11)
Gwen Moore (WI-4)
James P. Moran (VA-8)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-10)
Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32)
Richard Neal (MA-5)
Gloria Negrete McLeod (CA-35)
Rick Nolan (MN-8)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-DL)
Beto O'Rourke (TX-16)
William L. Owens (NY-21)
Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-6)
Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9)
Ed Pastor (AZ-7)
Donald J. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10)
Ed Perlmutter (CO-7)
Scott H. Peters (CA-52)
Gary Peters (MI-14)
Collin C. Peterson (MN-7)
Pedro R. Piersluisi (PR-DL)
Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
Mark Pocan (WI-2)
Jared Polis (CO-2)
David E. Price (NC-4)
Mike Quigley (IL-5)
Nick J. Rahall (WV-3)
Charlie B. Rangel (NY-13)
Cedric L. Richmond (LA-2)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2)
Bobby L. Rush (IL-5)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (MP-DL)
Linda Sánchez (CA-38)
Loretta Sanchez (CA-46)
John P. Sarbanes (MD-3)
Janice D. Schakowsky (IL-9)
Adam B. Schiff (CA-28)
Brad Schneider (IL-10)
Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
Allyson Y. Schwartz (PA-13)
Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-3)
David Scott (GA-13)
José E. Serrano (NY-15)
Terri A. Sewell (AL-7)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1)
Brad Sherman (CA-30)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9)
Albio Sires (NJ-8)
Louise McIntosh Slaughter (NY-25)
Adam Smith (WA-9)
Jackie Speier (CA-14)
Eric Swalwell (CA-15)
Mark Takano (CA-41)
Bennie G. Thompson (MS-2)
Mike Thompson (CA-5)
John F. Tierney (MA-6)
Dina Titus (NV-1)
Paul D. Tonko (NY-20)
Niki Tsongas (MA-3)
Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)
Juan Vargas (CA-51)
Marc A. Veasey (TX-33)
Filemon Vela (TX-34)
Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-7)
Peter J. Visclosky (IN-1)
Timothy J. Walz (MN-1)
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-23)
Maxine Waters (CA-43)
Mel L. Watt (NC-12)
Henry A. Waxman (CA-33)
Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24)
John A. Yarmuth (KY-3)


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