Black Statement On Possible Government Shutdown

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Washington, D.C. (Friday, April 8, 2011) — Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), released the following statement on the potential government shutdown that would start at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011:

"After a week of negotiations between Senate and House leadership, no agreement has been reached and it appears that the Senate has refused to join House Republicans in our commitment to cut spending and getting our fiscal house in order.  Instead, the White House and the Senate Democrats have brought us to the brink of government shutdown instead of getting serious about reducing spending.

"From the beginning of this debate, I and my colleagues in the House have been clear—the goal was not to shut down the government, but to get the biggest spending cut possible.  So yesterday, House Republicans passed a bill to keep the government open for one more week, while cutting $12 billion.  That bill also ensured that members of the armed forces receive pay in the event of a government shutdown.  Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled Senate has refused to take up the bill and the president threatened a veto, calling the bill 'a distraction.'

"Our brave men and women in uniform are never 'a distraction,' and refusing to ensure military families receive their pay is absolutely shameful.  That is why I will donate my salary for the length of a government shutdown to the Wounded Warrior Project.

"It is still my hope that we can keep the government open so my colleagues and I can continue making significant cuts to spending.  While I am focused on this current fight for billions in cuts over the next six months, I am looking toward the next fight that may in fact be bigger: the debate over the budget for the entire Fiscal Year 2012 and the trillions in cuts that Chairman Paul Ryan has proposed.  America is on the edge of a fiscal cliff, and the time is now to get our spending under control.

"In the event of a shutdown, my offices in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. will remain open to handle constituent concerns.   Information is available on my website about essential government services during the possible government shutdown."
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April 08, 2011 at 7:00pm
The real distraction is the Republican Party using the issue of military pay to distract people from the fact that they want to cut funding for womens health care.

Planned Parenthood is one of the few places that low-income and no-income women can seek out a legal abortion in the United States. But those abortions aren’t subsidized by the federal government -- and are only about 3 percent of the services they provide.

No more sliding scale PAP smears for you, and if you get cervical cancer because you haven't had screening, it's your own damned fault.

They are shutting down government to take control over your sex life, your health, your self-determination. Welcome to the Tea Party's 21st century America.
April 08, 2011 at 7:13pm
The only reason government would be shut down is because the Democrats insist on spending money on unneeded programs like Planned Parenthood and NPR. If people want to spend money on their sex life, their health care, their self-determination, it should come out of THEIR pockets.
April 08, 2011 at 9:31pm
Pay for your own abortion!!!
April 08, 2011 at 10:45pm
The Real Distraction is that the American public has become a place where people want something for nothing and do not take responsibility for the choices that they have made. Politics have mades what we are today. Before we blame sides remeber we are ones who put them in.
April 08, 2011 at 10:48pm
The real distraction is that the American public has become a society of wanting something for nothing and not taking responsibility for the choices that they have made. Politics have made us who we are today. Before we blame sides remeber, we are the ones who put them in.
April 08, 2011 at 11:06pm
And if they are low income or no income, where does the money come from? No safety net for poor people but millions in dollars in tax breaks for companies to export jobs overseas? Doesn't seem to make sense.
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