Opinion: Congress is playing political games with the lives and livelihoods of Americans

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, walks with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the minority whip, as lawmakers continue negotiating on a deal that would include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - It is unacceptable that Congress has still not passed a long-term budget. Congress has been lunging from one self-imposed deadline to another as they try and avoid government shutdowns.

That brinksmanship is dangerous. It causes instability in the markets which in turn results in Americans losing money, our hard-earned savings. There is also a ton of time being wasted as Congress battles with itself instead of working diligently on legislation to help our country. For example, these first few weeks of 2018 could have been spent on infrastructure reform, but shutdown talk has consumed Washington, DC.

The issue is larger than any one budget, continuing resolution or even federal shutdown. The problem is that many of our elected officials on Capitol Hill have become so warped by the DC bubble that they are forgetting why they were sent here in the first place.

What if, at your place of work, instead of doing your job you engaged in battle with your coworkers over who got to use the lunch room or who was in charge of choosing a location for the next team outing.

That is pretty much how Congress operates these days.

Here is the bottom line. It is time to tell Congress to stop playing games with the lives and livelihoods of Americans. The next election is not more important than American prosperity. Do your jobs, fund the government long term and if you can’t do it, please go home and let someone else get it done.

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