Rob Wittman: "Washington is Broken"
October 11, 2013
Congressman Rob Wittman speaks on the House Floor on October 11, 2013, on the 11th day of the government shutdown.
In July, I stood at this same podium arguing that it shouldn't take a government shutdown threat each year to force Congress to do its job.
I voted against Congress adjourning for the month of August, insisting that Congress remain to complete critical business.
The work of the people remains unfinished -- today is day 11 of the government shut down. Thousands of workers stay home, without a paycheck, and yet Congress has not done its job.
This shutdown has failed to will Congress and the Administration to the finish line, and we have seen a cycle of crisis management rather than responsible governing.
Mr. Speaker, Washington is broken. This is not governing. This is not what our founding fathers intended.
I urge Congress and the leadership in Washington to return to regular order of business. Instead of governing by crisis, let's responsibly govern by getting the people's business completed on time.