A special message from Speaker of the House John Boehner:
Last week House Republicans passed a bill to keep the government running for the remainder of the fiscal year that includes the largest discretionary spending cuts in modern history -- keeping our Pledge to America. Our goal is to create a better environment for private-sector job creation by cutting spending and reducing the size of government, not shutting it down.
This week, I'll continue to urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to allow this bill an up-or-down vote in the Senate. Due to Washington Democrats' historic failure to propose their own budget last year, a short term funding bill must be signed into law by March 4th to keep the government running for the next seven months.
Thus far, Senate Democratic leaders are insisting on a status quo that has left us with a mountain of debt and a stalled economy with unemployment near 10 percent. That is not a credible position.
The American people are demanding that Congress put an end to Washington's job-crushing spending binge. Senator Reid and the Democrats who control Washington should stop creating more uncertainty by spreading fears of a government shutdown and start telling the American people what – if anything – they are willing to cut.
Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives
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