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Amid Shutdown, Murphy Spearheads Pragmatic Effort to Strike Compromise Between Congressional Leaders

Murphy-led Blue Dog Coalition urges House and Senate leaders to hold bipartisan, bicameral summit that addresses border security and forges a path to reopen the government

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Washington, January 23, 2019 | comments
WASHINGTON— U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., co-chair for Administration for the Blue Dog Coalition, is spearheading a pragmatic effort in Congress aimed at bringing both sides to the table so they can find a bipartisan solution that addresses our country’s long-term challenges at our southern border. The Murphy-led Blue Dog Coalition urged the President to immediately reopen government while urging congressional leaders to hold a bipartisan, bicameral summit that will craft a bipartisan plan that ensures strong, effective border security. The partial federal government shutdown has entered its 33rd day, and is now the longest government shutdown in history. Recently, the Trump Administration revised its original estimate of its costs on the American economy—now projecting it will be twice as steep as originally forecast. Nearly 16,000 federal employees in the State of Florida are currently suffering from the effects of the government shutdown, including workers from the Small Business Administration and the Departments of Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, and State.
 
“The American people want to see their leaders talking to one another rather than at one another through the press. In an era of divided government, the reality is that only a bipartisan solution will reopen the government, and that requires the leadership of both parties to come together,” said Rep. Murphy and the Blue Dogs in a letter to House and Senate leaders. “We therefore urge you to hold a bipartisan, bicameral summit that brings together House and Senate leaders to hold a substantive, transparent discussion on a path forward to reopen the government.”
 
The Blue Dog Coalition, which Murphy was elected to lead in December 2018, is a group of 26 pragmatic Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The group is focused on fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense.
 
“While the President indeed has the ability to veto that legislation, Congress also has the ability to override that veto. The legislative branch should be prepared to exercise its constitutional authority to reopen the government,” concluded Murphy.
 
During her first term in Congress, Murphy was named the most effective member of the freshman class and one of the most independent members of Congress. Murphy is also the chair of Future Forum, an influential group of young House Democrats who advocate for issues and opportunities important to younger Americans, and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction on critical federal programs like Medicare and Social Security, and trade.
 
Murphy’s bipartisan approach to legislating achieved positive results during her first term in Congress. Nineteen Murphy-led measures became law and eight additional measures passed the House. To learn more about Murphy’s accomplishments, click here
 
The full text of the letter can be found below:
 
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader Hoyer, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell, and Leader Schumer:

Our constituents sent us to Congress to put an end to political games and to find bipartisan solutions that move this country forward. Our current political stalemate is punishing families, destabilizing our economy, weakening our national security, and embarrassing our great country on the world stage. As of today, the House has voted eight times to reopen the government, and the Senate has refused to take up any of those bills. Both parties must come together to end the brinkmanship and reopen the government, and then follow up with a long-term, bipartisan solution that ensures strong, effective border security. 

The American people want to see their leaders talking to one another rather than at one another through the press. In an era of divided government, the reality is that only a bipartisan solution will reopen the government, and that requires the leadership of both parties to come together. We therefore urge you to hold a bipartisan, bicameral summit that brings together House and Senate leaders to hold a substantive, transparent discussion on a path forward to reopen the government. That discussion should be designed to produce legislation that will quickly pass both chambers of Congress.

While the President indeed has the ability to veto that legislation, Congress also has the ability to override that veto. The legislative branch should be prepared to exercise its constitutional authority to reopen the government.

We came to Congress to represent our constituents—and they are demanding action. We can and should respond accordingly. 

Sincerely,
 
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