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Cole Comments on Government Shutdown Prevention Act

March 30, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement regarding the Government Shutdown Prevention Act, which will be considered in the House of Representatives this week:

"It's been 39 days since House Republicans passed a bill to cut $100 billion and keep the government running for the rest of the year, yet the Senate refuses to act. Two things are obvious: Senate Democrats have no interest in cutting spending, and they believe a government shutdown serves their political interests.

"Democrats may view a shutdown as a victory, but it certainly won't feel that way to the millions of Americans who will be affected if government agencies stop functioning.

"The Government Shutdown Prevention Act would ensure that the original $100 billion in cuts we passed weeks ago would become law if the Senate continues to drag its feet. The bill further guarantees that Congress and the president won't get paid for the duration of any potential shutdown. Hopefully, the prospect of losing their pay will inspire Senate Democrats to do their jobs and join us in passing a responsible budget."