North Country Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) took to the House of Representatives floor Friday to urge both sides to compromise on competing plans for the federal budget.
Owens has for many weeks been pushing what he says is a simple solution to Republican demands for $100 billion in budget cuts: Cut 2% from every federal agency budget instead of taking large chunks out of only certain budgets.
If Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on a spending plan, some Republicans say they will not allow passage of another temporary spending bill. That would cause nearly all government functions to shut down.
Owens is now calling on members of Congress to promise that they will take no pay if they decide to shut down government.
See Owens’ speech on the floor of the House, below.