Rep. Foster Votes To Avoid Government Shutdown
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) released the following statement on his vote in favor of the Continuing Resolution to avoid a government shutdown:
“Today I voted in favor of the Continuing Resolution because I believe avoiding a government shutdown and protecting the full faith and credit of the United States government is paramount. However, I am deeply concerned that this legislation does nothing to stop the mindless, across the board sequestration cuts, underfunds important programs like energy research, Head Start and child care grants and continues the irresponsible practice of governing by Continuing Resolution.
“We should not be governing by Continuing Resolution and going from one self-imposed fiscal crisis to another. This not only prevents us from funding new legislation, but also prevents us from cutting funding where needed and eliminating wasteful spending.
“The sequestration cuts will cause long term economic damage. In addition to the deep cuts we face throughout the country to education, first responders and other essential services, our district faces even larger consequences with the possibility of deep cuts to our national labs. Many people in our community work at Fermilab or Argonne – both of which face significant cuts. Cutting investments in science and technology is bad nationally for our economic competitiveness and bad for the 11th District which would see ripple effects throughout our local economy. The deep and irresponsible cuts to education and R&D under sequestration will hurt our region’s economic competitiveness at a time when we can least afford it.
“It’s time for Congress to stop governing by crisis and work together to pass a responsible and balanced budget which cuts wasteful spending where it is prudent and protects critical investments like education and R&D funding.
“It is my hope that the Senate will improve this legislation and that I will have the opportunity to vote on a more balanced and responsible approach before the current Continuing Resolution expires.”