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Letter: Congress fails the test

The government shutdown is impacting millions of families, including federal civil employees across the country – and here in New Hampshire – who work to ensure that our government fulfills its obligations. The shutdown also demonstrates a breakdown in how our government should function.

The League of Women Voters believes that efficient, economical government requires competent personnel, clear assignment of responsibility, adequate financing and coordination among the different agencies and levels of government. The inability to fund the government and keep it running fails many of these key tenets. The League believes Congress must follow a responsive legislative process. Key to this is the ability for Congress to make decisions that meet national needs and reconcile conflicting interests and priorities, as well as functioning in an efficient manner with a minimum of conflict, wasted time and duplication of effort. The shutdown has only illuminated the issues that have riddled Congress in recent years and highlights an inability by members of Congress to put what’s best for the nation ahead of how an issue is perceived in their home districts.

As voters we can demand that our representatives end this shutdown and get back to work on issues that matter to the American people. We must ensure that government of the people, by the people and for the people truly reflects and includes the voices of all the people. The League of Women Voters New Hampshire will continue to focus on encouraging all citizens to vote, to make each vote based on informed decisions about the issues, to make the voting process fair and accessible and to advocate for a government at all levels that works cooperatively to implement the policies that will ensure our peace and safety in an increasingly interconnected, interdependent world.

LIZ TENTARELLI and SALLY DAVIS

Newbury and Campton

QUOTE: "Congress must follow a responsive legislative process." FACT: in each of the last 4 years the Responsible Republicans in the House have passed a Budget Authorization to the Senate. The democrat controlled Senate has not met the statutory deadline to do the same. Budget matters cannot be filibustered and the democrats could not even pass a budget when they had majorities in both houses. The only reason there is a shutdown is the democrats in the senate have not been able to do their job to get Obama to sign a budget in the last 4 years. There is a specific reason - do the readers know why democrats dont pass budgets and Obama has never pushed for one?

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