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Washington Democrats: Shutdown Can End Today if GOP Leadership Allows a Vote on a Clean Budget Bill

 WASHINGTON, DC—Washington state’s six House Democrats have joined 194 of their colleagues to call on House Speaker John Boehner to end the Republican-led shutdown by allowing an up-or-down  vote on a clean budget bill that would open the government immediately.

Reps. Rick Larsen, WA-02, Suzan DelBene, WA-01, Jim McDermott, WA-07, Adam Smith, WA-09, Denny Heck, WA-10, and Derek Kilmer, WA-06, signed a letter to Speaker Boehner, which calls on him to allow a vote on Senate-passed legislation that would fund the government at the Republican-sought spending level.

In addition to Democratic support, enough House Republicans have indicated they would support a clean budget bill, known as a continuing resolution, to reopen the government immediately.

“The solution to this crisis is a simple piece of legislation that funds the government at levels that have already passed both chambers of Congress,” the members wrote.

“We demand a vote on a clean continuing resolution immediately so that government functioning can resume and Americans can move on with their lives.”

The full text of the letter is available here.

Since the shutdown began, House Democrats have tried seven times to bring up a vote on the Senate-passed budget bill, which would end the shutdown immediately. But House Republicans have blocked votes on the measure each time.

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