U.S. Rep. Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, and Sen. Joe Donnelly, R-Ind., released statements over
the weekend on the failure of Congress to enact federal funding legislation
and the subsequent government shutdown.
statement: “Congress has a primary job of approving funding legislation in
order to grow our economy and ensure the health and safety of all citizens.
I opposed the most recent continuing resolution legislation because we are
already 111 days late and we cannot postpone the critical decisions that
need to be made any longer. It would postpone critical decisions on federal
funding for the fourth time in less than 16 weeks. How can states,
communities, federal agencies, and those they hire plan investments to grow
our economy and jobs if they do not know with certainty what their annual
budget will be. It is infuriating that we are abdicating our most basic
responsibility. Enough is enough. It is past time we start working together
to solve problems and build our economy.”
statement: “The most basic duty of Congress is to fund the federal
government, and I voted to keep the government running. I am incredibly
disappointed Congress failed to prevent a shutdown. Like in 2013, I’m going
to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to reopen the government,
and I will donate my take-home pay during the shutdown to charity in
In 2013, Donnelly
donated his take-home pay for the 16 days of the federal government
shutdown, worth $5,000, to 10 food banks across Indiana.