U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7) called the current government shutdown "an abject failure of both parties" and pushed for negotiations between the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to break the gridlock.
"I am deeply disappointed Congress could not come to agreement on an emergency short-term budget to keep our government open and fully operational,"said Lance. "It is an abject failure of both parties to govern responsibly and symptomatic of the budget dysfunction that has enveloped the Congress for many years."
Congressman Lance noted that the U.S. House has worked diligently over the past several weeks to offer proposals to keep government fully functional.
"Over the past several weeks the U.S. House has passed proposals to fund the operations of the government, set responsible federal spending levels, roll back taxes on medical innovation, remove special exemptions for members of Congress under ObamaCare and extend to individuals and working families the same reprieve from the harmful effects of the healthcare law that the President has extended to big businesses,"he said. "The Senate, working with President Obama, has continually rejected these efforts and refused to compromise or negotiate."
The Seventh District lawmaker said he has co-sponsored legislation (H.R. 3160) to block all members of the Senate and the House from receiving a paycheck until an agreement is reached. He also added that despite the shutdown his offices in Westfield and on Capitol Hill will remain open with a reduced staff and ready to address any questions and concerns that constituents may have.
"We will be working as hard as we can in Washington and Westfield to continue to provide constituent services and help resolve this situation as quickly as possible."
The Congressman posted a detailed summary of how the shutdown is expected to affect federal agencies on his website. It can be viewed at lance.house.gov/government-shutdown-resources.
"It is time for the partisanship and brinkmanship to end. It is time for our leaders to put aside past differences, work around the clock and find an agreement that avoids a continued shutdown. I stand ready to support their efforts,"concluded Congressman Lance.