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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Rep. Gene Green Calls on Republicans to Stop Playing Games

April 7, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C . - Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) released the following statement following the Republican defeat of a clean Democratic one-week Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded, and a Motion to Recommit to ensure America’s armed forces are paid.

“It is the desire of Republicans and Democrats alike to reduce government spending to a sustainable level. It is the duty of Congress to do it responsibly. It isn’t, and shouldn’t be, impossible to find a common ground that serves the American people. Minority Whip Hoyer offered a clean, one-week continuing resolution to keep the government running during continued negotiations to find that common ground and Republicans defeated it. The Democrats offered a Motion to Recommit that will ensure our men and women in uniform are paid if Republicans force a shutdown. That was also defeated.

 “As we move closer and closer to a shutdown, it becomes even clearer that Republicans are willing to work against the wishes of the American people to avoid shutting down the government. At a time when the economy is still very fragile, a shutdown could cost the economy $8 billion every week. I hope Republicans do what is best for the country and the American people and avoid a potentially dire outcome as the result of playing political games.”