Fix the Debt Reacts to the Government Shutdown

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Campaign to Fix the Debt Urges an Immediate Resolution to the Government Shutdown

The House and Senate were unable to reach agreement by midnight Monday to fund the federal government, and as a result, the government has officially shut down. According to Politico, the partisan gridlock proved insurmountable with House Republicans insisting on changing, delaying or defunding the Affordable Care Act and Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama firmly rejecting that position.

The Campaign to Fix the Debt, a nonpartisan movement asking lawmakers to work together on legislation large enough to stabilize and reduce the national debt as a share of the economy, urged Congress to immediately resolve the crisis.

“The Campaign to Fix the Debt believes it is truly shameful that the most powerful nation in the world couldn’t reach a compromise to keep its government running. While the government may be shutting off its lights, the American people are at home trying to provide for their families, wondering why their nation's leaders are unable to work together,” said Maya MacGuineas, who, in addition to leading the Campaign to Fix the Debt, is the President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bipartisan organization focused on educating the public on issues related to fiscal policy.

“This avoidable outcome highlights a dysfunction that threatens to spill over to other areas – like raising the debt ceiling – where failure to reach agreement would not just be disruptive, but have disastrous economic consequences both at home and abroad.

“The focus of some House Republicans on policies unrelated to the central funding of government, instead of on policies to improve the debt, has diverted conversations from bipartisan solutions to keep the government open. But both sides must take some responsibility for the broader mess we are in, and both sides must work together to fix it. We urge Members of Congress to immediately resolve this crisis so they can turn their attention to raising the debt ceiling and focus on the critical issues of entitlement reform, tax reform and the nation’s unsustainable debt,” continued MacGuineas.

Members of the Campaign to Fix the Debt come from a broad range of social, economic, and political perspectives with the belief that America's growing debt burden threatens our future, and that we must address it now. The Campaign mobilizes key communities – including leaders from business, government, and policy – and people all across America who want to see elected officials step up to solve our nation's fiscal challenges.

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For more information about the Campaign to Fix the Debt, please visit http://www.fixthedebt.org.

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