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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Black Statement on Passage of the Government Shutdown Prevention Act

April 1, 2011
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), released the following statement after the House passed the Government Shutdown Prevention Act.

“It’s been 40 days since the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, a bill that would fund the government for the rest of the year while cutting $61 billion from last year’s spending levels and $100 billion below the president’s request.  In those 40 days, the Senate has yet to produce its own plan to keep the government running while reducing spending.  Instead, our Democrat colleagues who control the Senate have been too busy posturing and rooting for a government shutdown so they can blame it on House Republicans.  Passage of this bill today is proof that House Republicans have more than filled the void of leadership left by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and reinforces that our goal is to make serious spending cuts and not to shut down the government. 

“However, if a shutdown occurs, this bill would suspend the pay of all Members of Congress and the president for the duration of the shutdown. It’s time for the Senate to stop playing politics and take this discussion seriously—perhaps hitting them in their pocketbooks will make Senators come to the table.

“Let me be clear: my goal is not to shut down the government, my goal is to rein in big Washington spending.  However, I am not afraid to see this through to the end.  This bill shows just how serious I and my Republican colleagues are about changing the culture in Washington.”