stefanikprofileTwo Republican members of New York’s congressional delegation have signed on to a letter urging the GOP conference in the House avoid a government shutdown through at a the very least a temporary resolution.

The letter, signed by nine freshman House members from around the country, was backed by Reps. Elise Stefanik and John Katko — two lawmakers who were elected last year and represent battleground districts in upstate New York.

“With less than two weeks until the September 30 deadline to fund federal government operations, we are writing today to express our strong support for a funding resolution that will avoid another unnecessary and harmful government shutdown,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “We believe Congress should complete its work and provide funding for the federal government through September 30, 2016, but we are willing to support a short-term resolution that will give both the House and the Senate the additional time necessary to negotiate final spending numbers.”

The letter comes as some Republican House members push for a defunding of Planned Parenthood after a video emerged of officials at the organization discussing the sale of tissue from aborted fetuses.

But the funding issue has put House Speaker John Boehner for some hard-line members of his conference who have raised concerns with his leadership and ability to confront the Obama administration on key issues to the GOP.

NoShutdownDearColleague_CostelloStefanik.pdf by Nick Reisman