The Newnan Times-Herald


Editorial: Time for a clean funding bill tradition

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jan. 23, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The government shutdown stretched over a long weekend – this time.

In actuality, the can has just been kicked down the road a few weeks. Many Coweta County families are directly impacted when there is a shutdown. Some are laid off and cannot work or get paid.

Others have to go to work with no guarantee of getting paid – a situation that would be illegal in any other situation in our country. Only federal government employees have to work with no guarantee of being paid for it.

In Coweta County – and across the country – people are fed up with the politics that means your paycheck may not come, your government paperwork may not get processed and your already-paid-for family vacation may lead you to a locked gate. There’s got to be a better way.

The idea of a “clean” funding bill has been suggested. Legislators would propose – and not amend – a bill that keeps the government functioning. Legislators and citizens have strong feelings about young people here under DACA and about a proposed border wall. Argue the merits of those issues another day. Just vote on the funding bill – up or down.

It is unfair for citizens – and particularly families who have a federal employee breadwinner – to have to hold their breath for 10 days every time this issue comes up. Our elected representatives have it in their power to firmly choose to propose and vote on clean legislation that keeps the government operating while they sort out the thornier aspects of governing.