Calling the shutdown of the federal government “harmful and reckless,” U.S. Representative Tim Bishop joined with 200 fellow lawmakers on Saturday in signing a letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on a spending bill that would reopen operations.
“The only way forward for the GOP leadership is to abandon the extremists in their caucus and join with Democrats in finding a reasonable solution,” said Mr. Bishop, a Democrat from Southampton, who lobbied his colleagues to sign the letter.
The letter to Mr. Boehner, written on the fifth day of the shutdown, starts, “Enough is enough,” and goes on to “demand a vote on a clean continuing resolution immediately.” Such a vote would drop the GOP strategy of tying funding for government operations to an attempt to thwart the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The move has “put our economy at risk in order to advance a political agenda,” House Democrats say in the letter.
The letter concludes: “The games have to stop.”