Black Calls on Harry Reid to Stop Playing Politics and Pass a Bill
Washington, D.C. (Wednesday, March 30, 2011)—Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), along with fellow members of the Freshman Class, gathered outside of the Capitol to call on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Democrats in the Senate to pass a long-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year, while making significant cuts in spending. A letter to Reid was posted on the Senate chamber door after the press conference, signed by 30 Republican freshmen.
“I came to Washington to make the tough decisions necessary to get our country back on track,” said Black. “Unfortunately our counterparts in the Senate are more interested in scoring political points and rooting for a government shutdown than doing the work the American people sent us here to do. Instead of leading, Senator Reid and his colleagues want to defend the big-spending ways of Washington and blame Republicans for their failure. The House has done its job; it’s time for the Senate to do their job.”
The current short-term budgeting process of passing CR’s is necessary because last year’s Democrat-controlled Congress failed to pass a budget for Fiscal Year 2011. To date, the House of Representatives has passed a total of three CR’s—one long-term bill, H.R. 1 that funded the government for the rest of the year while cutting a total of $61 billion, and two short-term CRs, which cut a total of $10 billion in five weeks. Earlier in March, the Senate voted down H.R. 1, but not before 11 Democrat Senators defied their leadership and voted down a proposal that would have cut only $10 billion for the rest of the fiscal year 2011.
“Harry Reid and Democrats in the Senate continue to deny the reality that this country is in dire fiscal straits,” said Black. “But in the absence of leadership, Republicans in the House have stepped up and provided a credible plan to fund the government for the rest of the year and take the necessary steps to get our spending under control. It’s time the Senate joins us in our efforts.”