Nolan and Problem Solvers Caucus Pledge Support for Clean Spending Bill
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today joined his Problem Solvers Caucus colleagues in stating their intention to support an FY17 spending bill, avoiding a government shutdown, if it is a clean bill without any ideological riders. A FY2017 spending bill is expected to be brought to the House for a vote this week. If a bill is not passed by April 28th, the federal government will shut down.
“The simple truth is that the Congress needs to get back to the business of working together and getting things done for the American people,” Nolan said. “Governing by crisis management is no way to run a country. That’s why I’m pledging to support a clean spending bill – so we can get back to work for the American people.”
The 2013 federal government shutdown took $24 billion out of the national economy and cost 120,000 jobs. Businesses suffered, products were left sitting at our ports, military Veterans disability claims were stalled, National Parks and Head Start centers were closed and EPA hazardous waste and chemical waste inspections were postponed. Nolan donated his salary to charities in Minnesota’s 8th District during that shutdown, and would do so again if Congress fails to do its job and triggers another shutdown crisis.