Governors to Congress: Get your act together, then pay us back

October 10, 2013

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The federal government shutdown is bad for states, the National Governors Association argues in a letter to congressional leadership.

“[A] failure by our national government to secure a solution to the current budget issues undermines our states’ recovery and endangers the U.S. economy,” Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper write in the letter to party leaders in the Senate and the House. Fallin is chairwoman of the NGA and Hickenlooper is vice chair.

In the letter, they write that “states are not in a position to be the bank for the federal government,” and call on Congress and the White House to promise to reimburse states for federal expenses they’ve covered.

Here’s the letter:


Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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