Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello leads group of GOP freshmen arguing against showdown
As published in the Reading Eagle
The last time the federal government shut down, this year's congressional newcomers were watching from the sidelines.
A group of Republican freshmen led by U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello don't want to see a repeat scenario now. They wrote a letter to their colleagues Wednesday urging lawmakers to avoid a shutdown again.
"We saw how it impacted our hometowns when we weren't in Congress," Costello, a Chester County Republican who represents part of the Berks and Tri-County areas, told the Reading Eagle.
Costello and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York led a group of 11 GOP freshmen in drafting the letter.
"We were elected by our constituents to be principled, pragmatic leaders," they wrote. "They expect us to fulfill our responsibilities, avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, and live up to our commitment to work every day to help keep the American economy moving forward."
Some conservatives have pushed to tie a routine measure to keep the government funded past Sept. 30 with the effort to halt federal funding to Planned Parenthood. The women's health organization has come under fire in the wake of undercover videos claiming that the group profits from selling tissue from aborted fetuses to medical researchers.