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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Marino Votes For Government Shutdown Prevention Act

April 1, 2011
Press Release

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Renita Fennick 202-870-3386                                     April 1, 2011

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tom Marino cast a vote for the Government Shutdown Prevention Act on Friday, then immediately called on Senate Democrats to put aside their self-interests and do what’s best for the American people.

“House Republicans do not want a government shutdown,” Marino said Friday after the House passed H.R. 1255 by a 221-201 vote. “Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats have a choice. They can stick to their tired old ways of reckless spending or they can vote to put our economy back on track.”

Marino urged Senate Democrats to pass H.R. 1, the fiscal year 2011 spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. Senate action, Marino said, would allow House Republicans to continue their mission to restore financial stability and create jobs through spending cuts. On Feb. 19, the House passed H.R. 1 which funds the government through fiscal year 2011 while chopping more than $61 billion in non-defense discretionary federal spending.

Under the provisions of H.R. 1255, the Government Shutdown Prevention Act, H.R.1 would become law if the Senate fails to pass a spending measure by April 6. The bill prevents members of Congress and the President from being paid during a shutdown.

“My colleagues and I on the House side continue to fight against Washington D.C.’s old spending ways,” Marino said. “Our nation cannot continue to spend money that we don’t have,” Marino said. “Voters sent this freshman class to D.C. with a strong message: Cut spending, reduce the size and scope of government, and keep taxes low.”

Marino cited remarks made by New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean this week as indications that Democrats favor a shutdown.

“Unfortunately, the Democrats haven’t heard the message from the American people and only care about regaining the power they lost in November,” Marino said.“The American people are not fooled by the political games being played by Harry Reid and his allies. They have refused to offer any reasonable spending plan for the rest of the year, not to mention their past failures of passing an 2011 budget.”

Earlier this week Sen. Schumer, a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, was caught on the phone telling his colleagues to label efforts to cut spending as “extreme” and tie it to the tea party.

“The only thing that is extreme is the level of debt and deficit facing our nation,” Marino said. “My freshman colleagues and I want and will achieve substantial cuts in federal spending. It’s the only way our ailing economy can begin to recover.”

While there is uncertainty as to exactly how a government shutdown will affect the nation, these are examples of what could happen:
-    Delays in Social Security checks and the processing of new enrollees;
-    Delays in paychecks for members of the military;
-    Curtailing of services for veterans;
-    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would stop disease surveillance;
-    Cancellation of the recruitment and testing of federal officers including border patrol    agents;
-    Unprocessed visas and passports;
-    Delays or cancellation of federal contracts.

Marino said the uncertainty can be avoided and the road to financial recovery can begin, but only if the Senate Democrats have the courage to take action.

“There is a bright light at the end of this tunnel,” Marino said. “But it takes both branches to make it happen. It’s now up to the Senate Democrats.”