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Hoyer seemingly considered cosponsoring Cantor's bill.
Americans deserve representatives in Congress who take seriously their role as stewards of the people's business. We deserve a federal budget that reflects Americans' priorities for how our tax dollars are spent. Unfortunately, Congress seems determined to give us neither.
Earlier this month, lawmakers missed yet another federal budget deadline, this one set by congressional appropriators as "the very latest" date that the congressional budget conference committee could go without producing topline budget numbers. If the committee couldn't reach agreement by December 2, appropriators warned, we would face "extremely damaging repercussions," including:
* the risk of another government shutdown in early 2014;
* inability to stop further cuts to critical federal programs via sequestration; and
* the need to budget by continuing resolution - an outcome that would virtually wipe the slate clean of the budgeting work done by Congress so far this year.