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Shutdown is a National Embarrassment

Jan 22, 2018 | Budgets & Projections

For Immediate Release

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said the following about the government shutdown:

It’s a sad day when a country’s leaders can’t even agree to keep the government open.
The shutdown is counterproductive; it's a national embarrassment; and it's a symbol of just how broken the budget process and political system are.
Both parties need to come together and reach a prompt agreement to re-open the government. The priority should be to immediately open the government and agree on a fiscally responsible budget deal to set discretionary caps and appropriate funds while reducing the long-term national debt.
Resolution over the current impasse should not come at the expense of the economy and next generation by greasing the wheels with more tax cuts and spending increases that add tens of billions of dollars a year to the deficit.
America needs its leaders to lead and its government to govern.

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