On September 28, 2013 Rep. Matthew Cartwright of Pennsylvania asked for and was granted permission to address the U.S. House of representatives for one minute regarding the impending government shutdown.
“Mr. Speaker, once again Congress is set to play politics by threatening to shut down the government, rather than work toward a compromise. Just last month, we marked a disgraceful anniversary of our Nation, the S&P’s downgrading of the full faith and credit of the United States.”
“Gridlock and extremism did what wars, natural disasters, and other natural crises could not do: cause credit rating agencies to question whether or not America had the political will to pay its debts as they come due. Now we’re faced with another deadline with the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, a budget that needs to be passed and a debt limit that needs to be lifted so we can continue to do business”, he said.
“Congress has a lot of work to do. We need to do it fast. This is the work we were elected to do. Let’s stop holding blame-game press conferences and get the job done”, said Rep. Cartwright (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov).
Cartwright serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he is a Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs.
Cartwright is also a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.