Blue Dog Leadership Supports Vote on Fiscal State of the Nation

Sep 29, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Blue Dog leadership expressed its support for a vote on a bipartisan resolution that would require an annual fiscal state of the nation be presented to Congress. The resolution, H.Con.Res. 44, authored by Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., would require the Comptroller General to present a “Financial Report of the United States Government” to an annual joint hearing of the House and Senate Budget Committees, open to all Members of Congress. The presentation would take place within 45 business days of issuance of the Financial Report to ensure lawmakers receive the information in an accurate and timely manner. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., introduced the bipartisan Senate companion, S. Con. Res. 11.


“Our skyrocketing national debt is alarming to so many of our constituents, and it’s past time for Congress to acknowledge the severity of our situation and begin to address it,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications.  “As our economy continues to bounce back, we need a nonpartisan, comprehensive review of our nation’s fiscal state so Congress can make more informed decisions about how to stop the bleeding, get our fiscal house in order, and bring down the national debt. This issue cannot be dismissed or downplayed. If we don’t act and act soon, we will be putting our economy, our security, and our children’s future at risk. I strongly urge leadership to keep their end of the bargain and put this bill on the floor once we have moved passed our current debt ceiling crisis.”