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Herrera Beutler, House Freshmen Tell Sen. Harry Reid: “Pass a Bill”

Senate Must Match House Efforts to Avoid Government Shutdown

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Washington, March 30, 2011 | comments
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler joined her House Republican Freshmen colleagues today in sending a message to Senate Leader Harry Reid: “Pass a Bill.”

Thirty nine days have now passed since the House passed a long-term plan to fund government operations that contained $61 billion in spending cuts.  To date, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has failed to pass this plan, or any other long-term funding bill.  Jaime and 29 of her House Republican colleagues drafted and signed a letter to Senator Reid urging him to show leadership and pass a bill to keep the government running.

“You have failed to pass a budget, failed to restrain spending, and failed to put our country on sound fiscal footing,” the letter to Senator Reid said.  “We do not accept your failure as our own… We have received nothing from the Senate except denials of the dire straits of our nation’s fiscal health.”

“Make no mistake: any government shutdown is the result of your lack of leadership.”

The House worked day and night to send the Senate a long-term spending plan in February.  Reid waited two weeks before forcing the House plan before the Senate in a closed process – a move that doomed the bill to failure.

“Negotiations require action from both sides,” said Herrera Beutler.  “Senator Reid and the Senate majority need to act quickly to avoid a government shutdown.  We in the House already passed a bill to fund the government more than a month ago.  If the Senate does not agree with the House bill, it has a responsibility to pass its own funding bill so we can work out our differences.  Without Senate action, an agreement can’t happen.”  

“No more political gamesmanship, Senator Reid.  It’s time to pass a bill.”
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