Cole: It's Time to Pass 2011 Budget and Move On
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the House approved the latest in a series of short-term budget measures to avert a government shutdown and fund the government through April 8 while cutting $6 billion in spending:
"Democrats seem content to waste week after week dealing with their unfinished business from last year while our economic security hangs in the balance, but enough is enough. House Republicans have passed $100 billion in spending cuts, yet Senate Democrats can't even agree to cut $10 billion.
"We take the debt crisis so seriously that we've been willing to fight for spending cuts $1 billion at a time, but it's time to end the continual threat of government shutdowns, pass a budget for 2011 and move on to other challenges.
"Spending cuts are no longer a partisan issue, they are a fiscal necessity. House Republicans have passed one spending cut after another while Democrats have sat on the sidelines. Every week that Senate Democrats fail to pass a budget, they risk creating financial panic, harming our fragile economic recovery and raising doubts about our capacity to govern.
"Senate Democrats have an obligation to the American people to work with us to address the $14 trillion debt, and this last temporary measure gives them one more chance to get serious."