Washington • Rep. Jim Matheson is joining a bipartisan effort to end the government shutdown and Washington gridlock, urging congressional leaders to pass a six-month budget and get back to work on America's pressing issues.
"This is going to offer a solution to the impasse, and we're not talking about looking backward, [playing the] blame game, or how we got here at all," Matheson said. "We're just saying, 'Look the government should be running and we're here to try and fix it.' "
The Utah congressman teamed up Thursday with seven fellow Democrats and 11 Republicans to say that the House and Senate should pass a six-month spending plan much longer than the six-week measure currently being debated and cut the medical-device tax from the Affordable Care Act and pay for that through "smoothing" out payments in another program.