This week, I continued to call on Republicans to work with Democrats to cut spending and compromise on a long-term measure to fund the government. Any compromise we reach should reduce spending while protecting important investments that grow the economy and create jobs. Democrats have already put forward a compromise to meet Republicans halfway by cutting $51 billion of the $100 billion they demanded. So far, Republicans have refused to compromise. Now that their reckless spending bill failed in the Senate this week, they must put forward a new long-term measure and tell us where they will compromise.
Also this week, House Republicans voted to terminate two important programs that help responsible American families stay in their homes. While more needs to be done to address the foreclosure crisis, Republicans have decided to end these programs without offering any new solutions to help those who have been affected. In addition to having no plan to help these families stay in their homes, Republicans are not putting forward serious plans to address jobs, reduce the deficit or improve health care.
Next week, Republicans are bringing a bill to the Floor that will fund the government for three weeks. We cannot keep funding the government on a week-by-week basis. It wastes taxpayer money, is disruptive and creates uncertainty for both the public and private sector. Republicans must work with us on a long-term measure that cuts spending, invests in our future, and provides certainty.