Bipartisan Plan

Congressman Jim Matheson
2013-10-09 20:01:04
Congressman Jim Matheson, 4th Congressional District of Utah As you know, beginning on October 1, for the first time in 17 years, the federal governmentbegan�what is known as a �shutdown�- where certain services cease to operate in the absence of an approved budget. What I have heard most from Utahns during the past week is that they simply want their representatives to come together, end this reckless stalemate and reopen the government.� I couldn�t agree more.� To that end, I have been working with a bipartisan group of senior Members of Congress to craft a plan that can be broadly accepted by both parties and would end the current gridlock immediately.� The proposal takes into account principles that are important on each side of the aisle and incorporates them into a commonsense way forward. � Specifically, our proposal has three parts.� First, it funds the government at current post-sequestration levels for six months� a funding level preferred by most Republicans.� Second, it repeals the medical device tax which �- a measure which is broadly supported by both Republicans and Democrats.� Finally, it includes provisions to make sure the bill does not add to our deficit � something preferred by most Democrats.� As you can see, this is a constructive effort to develop consensus around a plan to end the government shutdown. In the days to come, I will continue my efforts with this bipartisan group.� I believe, as you do, that it is irresponsible and shortsighted to play political games with our nation�s current and future wellbeing.� I remain committed to what I believe is the duty of those in public service: working across the aisle with anyone willing to come to the table, putting forth good ideas and getting things done.� I hope you will keep in touch with me and share your opinions.� My office remains open for you and will gladly answer any questions that may arise during this temporary shutdown.� As always, it is a privilege to serve you and your family.� I look forward to being able to report a resolution to the current shutdown and have faith that there is a thoughtful, responsible path that will get us there. � Sincerely, [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/images/user_images/JM_signature.gif] U.S. Representative 4th District of Utah � [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/common/images/sn-facebook.png]Share on Facebook [link 1] [image = matheson.congressnewsletter.net/common/images/sn-twitter.png]Share on Twitter [link 2] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey]
October 09, 2013

As you know, beginning on October 1, for the first time in 17 years, the federal governmentbegan what is known as a �shutdown�- where certain services cease to operate in the absence of an approved budget.

What I have heard most from Utahns during the past week is that they simply want their representatives to come together, end this reckless stalemate and reopen the government.  I couldn�t agree more.  To that end, I have been working with a bipartisan group of senior Members of Congress to craft a plan that can be broadly accepted by both parties and would end the current gridlock immediately.  The proposal takes into account principles that are important on each side of the aisle and incorporates them into a commonsense way forward.  

Specifically, our proposal has three parts.  First, it funds the government at current post-sequestration levels for six months� a funding level preferred by most Republicans.  Second, it repeals the medical device tax which  - a measure which is broadly supported by both Republicans and Democrats.  Finally, it includes provisions to make sure the bill does not add to our deficit � something preferred by most Democrats.  As you can see, this is a constructive effort to develop consensus around a plan to end the government shutdown.

In the days to come, I will continue my efforts with this bipartisan group.  I believe, as you do, that it is irresponsible and shortsighted to play political games with our nation�s current and future wellbeing.  I remain committed to what I believe is the duty of those in public service: working across the aisle with anyone willing to come to the table, putting forth good ideas and getting things done.  I hope you will keep in touch with me and share your opinions.  My office remains open for you and will gladly answer any questions that may arise during this temporary shutdown. 

As always, it is a privilege to serve you and your family.  I look forward to being able to report a resolution to the current shutdown and have faith that there is a thoughtful, responsible path that will get us there.  


Sincerely,

U.S. Representative
4th District of Utah
 

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