Rep. Antonio Delgado Backs Bill to Show Real Impact of Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) signed on as an original cosponsor to the Government Shutdown Impact Report Act of 2019, a bill that requires the Congressional Budget Office to submit daily reports to Congress on the cost and impact of a government shutdown on the nation’s economy.
"The government shutdown is completely irresponsible, and it's already having damaging effects in Upstate New York and across the country," said Delgado. "The American people deserve transparency on how the shutdown is affecting local business owners applying for grants and loans, farmers seeking relief to offset the impact of the Administration’s trade policies, and others."
The Government Shutdown Impact Report Act of 2019, led by Representative Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) requires the Congressional Budget Office to submit daily reports on the impact and cost of the shutdown, including:
- An estimate of the economic output lost on that day as the result of the government shutdown.
- An estimate of any decrease in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the quarter that will occur as the result of the government shutdown.
- The value of any assistance, including loans, grants, and contracts, that the Small Business Administration (SBA) was unable to provide as a result of the government shutdown.
- The amount of any revenue for the National Park Service that was lost on that day as the result of the government shutdown.
- An estimate of revenue lost on that day because of the effects of the government shutdown on tourism and travel to and within the United States.
Ending the government shutdown is Delgado's first priority as a new member of Congress. His first votes in Congress were to pass legislation to reopen the government, and he will be casting additional votes this week to reopen the government -- all proposals that previously passed the Senate with bipartisan support.