Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) today called on Congress and the Trump Administration to reach an agreement to fund the federal government and avert a partial government shutdown. Governors Bullock and Hogan serve as Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Governors Association.
In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Governors Bullock and Hogan stated, “a federal shutdown is indicative of a government that is not working.”
“Governors compromise every day. We must work with partners in our legislatures and with stakeholders throughout our states. It is not a choice; it is a necessity to ensure the citizens we serve in our states – the same ones you represent at the national level – have access to the basic functions that allow them to lead good lives,” wrote the governors. “Governors are not able to entrench ourselves and enter stalemates that shut down our governments. States are better than that – and so too is the federal government.”
Read the governors’ letter to Congressional leadership here.
Bullock, whose Administration has a plan in place if a partial federal government shutdown occurs, added, “Montanans expect their government to get things done. Our legislature is majority Republican and we don’t always see eye to eye on everything, but at the end of the day we come together and we govern. We can have legitimate differences over public policy, but all Americans should expect more from the greatest country in the world than to shut down our government based on political brinkmanship.”
In anticipation of a possible partial federal government shutdown, the State of Montana has directed agencies to work with federal partners to ensure all current federal payments have been received. The State expects little to no immediate impact and state-based services for public health, public safety and public education will continue. Montana was one of the few states able to weather the three-week federal government shutdown in 2013 without any gaps in service or employee furloughs.