WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski released the following statement today after the House passed three measures to authorize Head Start funding, pay federal employees, and establish a group of lawmakers to lead budget negotiations:
“The House remains at the table, ready to negotiate with the president and Senate on meaningful solutions to responsibly address our nation’s fiscal challenges and end this disappointing government shutdown. We will continue to ask the White House and fellow lawmakers to have a conversation with us, because without a discussion we cannot make any progress. In the meantime, the House will keep passing bills to provide essential services to the public. Anything less is a disservice to our seniors, veterans, members of the military, and families.”
Summary of today’s House-passed legislation:
- Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act (H.J. Res. 89): Ensures that all federal employees who are working during the shutdown receive pay on time, instead of waiting until the shutdown is over to receive back pay.
- Deficit Reduction and Economic Growth Working Group Act of 2013 (H.R. 3273): Establishes a bipartisan, bicameral group of 20 lawmakers to make recommendations to the House and Senate on the debt limit, discretionary spending levels for the next fiscal year, and reforms for mandatory spending programs.
- Head Start for Low-Income Children Act (H.J. Res. 84): Funds the Head Start program for low-income children.