I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the government being on shutdown. I’m tired of Washington not getting down to the business of governing. The shutdown hasn’t touched my life personally yet, but I know friends and neighbors who are either government employees or government contractors who have lost their salaries during the shutdown. They are using up their savings and struggling to pay the bills.
I’ve never been a fan of term limits, but I am rethinking that. If you can’t get the business of government done, you shouldn’t be there. And you shouldn’t be paid either. Our recently elected Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger is doing the right thing by requesting her salary be withheld until the shutdown is over. More representatives in Congress and in the administration should do the same. They should refuse to be paid, or we should refuse to pay them, until they can do their job and keep the government open.
Abigail Spanberger campaigned on and brings to the table a sense of bipartisanship and an attitude of “Let’s get the job done.” She’s willing to work across the aisle to get things done for the people. She is even willing to challenge the leadership in her own party, as evidenced by her recent vote against Nancy Pelosi as speaker, a promise she made during her campaign. She has joined the Blue Dog Caucus in the house, which is known for coming up with bipartisan solutions that can get votes from both sides of the aisle, and get bills passed.
Spanberger also brings some much needed experience and oversight to our national security. Her years working in the Central Intelligence Agency and having been deployed abroad as an agent gives her a realistic perspective on many of the situations we read about in the papers or see on television. You have to admit, we need some experienced folks overseeing some of the crazy things that our present administration is doing.
Under this administration, we have given up our role as a world leader in trade, diplomacy and the military. We have cast aside our traditional allies, calling them adversaries instead. We are in uncharted waters with an inexperienced and erratic president and, frankly, our national security is at risk. We need some experienced folks like Spanberger to help evaluate and help chart our course forward on national security.
Another quality Spanberger brings to the table is her perspective as a woman, a wife and a mother. The more different points of view we have looking at the issues, the better and more sustainable our solutions to problems will be. Corporate and labor research has born this out over and over again.
Abigail Spanberger went to Washington to get things done, to solve problems, regardless of which party the solutions come from. If if works and gets the job done, act on it and get it passed. That’s her approach.
First order of business, reopen the Government and get back to doing the work of the people. We need the US Government open for business again.
Editor’s note: This letter originally appeared in the January 10th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been reposted here, with the authors’ permission.
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