With negotiations on Capitol Hill entering a critical stage this week I wanted to update you. While I don’t believe a continuing resolution is the responsible way to fund the government, we do need to find common ground to provide the services of government. To encourage long-term planning we are going to go need to go back to the basics of passing a budget. This is the most basic level of governing. We need this framework to rein in spending, eliminate the waste and the abuse of our government programs.While we continue to negotiate, my office remains open for any Arkansans that needs assistance during the shutdown.