Our tasks here in Congress are straightforward. -First, we need to raise the debt ceiling so we can continue to pay our bills and maintain the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. -Second, we need to keep the Federal Government open for business and keep federal workers on the job. -Third, we need to negotiate a comprehensive budget deal to replace the sequester – a budget that maintains critical federal investments while spreading the burden of deficit reduction in a fair way and holding federal workers and their families harmless after subjecting them to so much hardship over the past several months and years. -Fourth, we need to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and our surface transportation programs. -Fifth, we need to return to regular order around here and stop this insane fiscal brinksmanship.