Dear Members of the Northern Virginia Congressional Delegation:
On behalf of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce and its 700+ member companies, we urge you and your colleagues in Congress to immediately act and find a course that enacts legislation for continuing funding of the federal government without interruption after September 30th. Such a shutdown would be incredibly harmful to our region and to businesses across the nation. Congress is meant to support the American people and their commerce, not impede them.
As you know, a large portion of Virginia’s economy is represented by industries tied to the federal government. It is also home to over 65,000 federal employees. Together they represent a business community tremendously impacted by federal expenditures. We are all too cognizant of recent Congressional actions of shutdown and sequestration and how they have adversely affected business’ ability to rebound after the great recession. This continuing threat of discontinuity created by shutdowns and threats of shutdowns has caused serious economic harm to our region’s businesses, both large and small, forcing layoffs, furloughs and lack of strategic investment.
We urge you to continue funding the operations of government that allows for budget-conscious scrutiny while avoiding any further damaging fiscal mayhem. We consider this to be of the highest priority for sustaining the vitality of the region, the nation and the perception of our country as fiscally responsible by members of the global community.
Robert Gangi, Chairman
Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce