In the wake of the longest government shutdown in U.S. History, Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16) today became one of the first members of the U.S. House of Representatives to cosponsor the House version of Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) End Government Shutdowns Act. The bill, introduced in the House by Rep. Troy Balderson (OH-12) on Friday, prevents all future government shutdowns by instituting automatic funding resolutions with incremental cuts to spending that grow the longer Congress fails to pass a full spending bill.
“There is a lot that Congress disagrees on, but we should all be able to come together on the fact that the Washington dysfunction that lead to this shutdown is absolutely inexcusable. We need to learn to work together to solve our nation’s biggest problems, including securing our border and reforming our immigration system. This bill insures a shutdown like the one we just suffered will never happen again and puts the impetus on our federal government to actually come together on real solutions,” saidRep. Gonzalez.
Since his first day in Congress, Rep. Gonzalez has called on leadership of both parties to work in a meaningful bipartisan manner to fund the government and put our country back on track, including with immigration reform and securing our border. In his first week after being sworn in, Rep. Gonzalez committed to donating his pay from the duration of the partial shutdown period to local Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations aimed at supporting survivors of human trafficking, rape, domestic abuse and addictions. His recent statement on the announcement of a three week funding agreement can be found here.