Congressional Representative Doug LaMalfa released a statement today urging the nation’s elected leaders to begin work immediately on a “government funding plan” before current federal funding is exhausted.
“The time for negotiations is now before we find ourselves in another crises,” stated LaMalfa. “The bill passed this week to reopen lasts only a few months, giving us a brief window to work toward a solution. As I said prior to the recent shutdown, the time for our leaders to work together toward an agreement is before we reach a crisis point, not after.”
Kevin Eastman, a representative for LaMalfa told Action News Now the congressman met with both members of congress before and after the shutdown, causally and formally, to discuss the need to avoid brinksmanship.
“The congressman strongly believes both parties need to address the problem prior to a crisis since the real negotiations to address the problem only came before the last moment,” Eastman said.
Eastman further stated LaMalfa’s main plan to fix the nation’s debt crisis is to address the country’s unsustainable borrowing which he claims is about 40 cents to every US dollar earned.
The bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this week funds the government through January 15, 2014 and extends the country’s debt limit to pay its bills through February 14.