Congressman Tom Reed and a bipartisan group of House Members sent a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray this week, saying the group wants to work across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's economic problems. The letter, led by Reed and Congressman John Barrow (D-GA) offers a joint commitment to work together toward that end.
"Our message is a simple one, and one we are serious about: we want to work together and do what it takes to reach a budget agreement," Congressman Reed said. "Joint efforts will be most effective as leaders draft a conference budget report aimed at improving our country's fiscal situation long-term."
"Outside the spotlight of the national media a coalition of Republicans and Democrats actually want to work together to address our long-term budget problems," said Congressman Barrow. "We're committed to finding common ground on these issues, and in order to do that we have to work together with budget negotiators."
The letter states: "As solution-oriented Members of Congress, we strive to find common ground on some of the most serious challenges before us. Like many Americans, we agree that the gridlock in Washington has to stop. We urge you to find commonsense, bipartisan solutions to the serious fiscal challenges we face as a nation."
"We stand ready to work with you on a bipartisan solution that solves our nation's fiscal problems," the letter continues. "We believe that what unites us far exceeds what divides us. It is time to put our differences aside."
The letter was the topic of a Roll Call article Tuesday. The text of the letter can be found here.
Only available in PDF format, please see source to view document.