UPDATE: Thank DeFazio during a telephone call instead of in person….
I was scheduled to hold a town hall meeting near you this week. But because of a last minute decision by House leadership to change the schedule and hold votes in Washington, DC, I am forced to cancel those town halls scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday (September 25th and 26th). I am as frustrated as you by this, so I have scheduled a telephone town hall for Tuesday October 1st. Please sign up on my my website http://defazio.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=841:sign-up-for-rep-defazios-october-1-tele-town-hall&catid=71:2013-press-releases if you would like to participate.
Why is this happening? September 30th is the end of the fiscal year. Unless Congress passes a spending bill that the President will sign, the federal government will shut down. The Republican majority is refusing to compromise on a short-term spending bill and have now cancelled the recess scheduled for next week. Instead of talking with you at a town hall, I will be back in Washington, DC, voting on a bill that should already have been signed into law.
It is shameful that the House majority leadership continues to bring the government to the brink of a shutdown year after year. Congress does need to step up and make some difficult decisions about how to deal with our deficit, but lurching from one manufactured crisis to the next does nothing to solve our budget issues, get the economy back on track, or put Americans to work. You can be sure that I will continue fighting for issues that matter to Oregonians instead of playing partisan games and threatening to shut down the government. Please join my telephone town hall so I can tell you more about the issues before Congress and hear your ideas and opinions. I hope to hear from you.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE PETER DeFAZIO
Fourth Congressional District, Oregon