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Representative Cory Gardner May Shut Down Government In Pursuit Of Radical Social Agenda
It has become clear that Representative Cory Gardner (CO-04) and House Republicans may shut down the government tonight unless they get their extremist agenda that restricts women’s reproductive health care even including cancer screenings. Shutting down government would come at the expense of the 13,272 federal workers in Gardner’s district. This right-wing social agenda of rationing reproductive health care has been part of the House Republican agenda and it’s clear now that they will shut down government unless they get their radical way.
“Representative Cory Gardner is putting his radical social agenda to restrict women’s reproductive health care ahead of the 13,272 federal workers in his district,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Federal workers will be out of jobs and Colorado families may see veterans benefits delayed or troops could be left unpaid all because Representative Cory Gardner wants to put his radical social agenda first.”
Republican policy demands threaten budget talks. “The federal budget stalemate that stands to trigger a government shutdown shifted Thursday from a debate over spending cuts to a fight over the thorny policy issues of abortion <http://www.latimes.com/topic/health/abortion-HEPAS000029. topic> and environmental regulation that have divided Democrats and Republicans <http://www.latimes.com/topic/politics/parties-movements/republican-party-ORGOV0000004. topic> for years.” [LA Times, 4/8/11 <http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-congress-spending-20110408,0,1954649. story> ]
· There are 13,272 federal workers in Representative Cory Gardner’s district.
· Nearly every House Republican backed an amendment to the Continuing Resolution, offered by Representative Mike Pence (IN-06), would strip all federal funding from Planned Parenthood Federation of America. [HR 1, Pence Amendment (#11), Vote #93, 2/18/11]
·Planned Parenthood Federation of America offers a variety of health care services, including:
- o Anemia testing
- o Cholesterol screening
- o Diabetes screening
- o Physical exams, including for employment and sports
- o Flu vaccines
- o Assistance with quitting smoking
- o High blood pressure screening
- o Tetanus vaccines
- o Thyroid screening
- o Sexual and reproductive health services. [plannedparenthood.org]
Endangering Cancer Screenings. “Republicans want to zero out Title X, a program implemented under Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970 to provide contraceptives, cancer screenings, and pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease testing at community health centers across the country.” [ABC News, 4/8/11 <http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/planned-parenthood-center-budget-shutdown-threat/story? id=13328750> ]
Rep. Scott Tipton’s Statement on Looming Government Shutdown
WASHINGTON—With the C.R. set to expire at midnight, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) released the following statement on a potential government shutdown:
“We have put forward solutions in the House to cut spending and keep government operating. The House passed an extension yesterday to ensure that funding for our troops would remain uninterrupted for the rest of 2011, and would keep government open for another week while budget talks continue. Still Senate Democrats refuse to act, are not offering any solutions, and are forcing a shutdown.
“In the event of a government shutdown I will decline my paycheck. As long as our men and women in uniform aren’t being paid or other federal employees, I will not take a check.
“I want to assure the citizens in my district that social security benefits and other vital programs will not be interrupted during this shutdown. My offices will remain open and fully staffed to ensure that lines of communication with the citizens of the third district remain open during this important time.”
Udall Offers Common-Sense Bill to Prevent Federal Government Shutdown, Urges Passage TODAY
Bill Would Change Law to Prevent Either Party from Ever Holding the American People Hostage Over Political Infighting
Today, with both parties at an impasse over the budget and a debilitating federal government shutdown looming, Mark Udall introduced a bill to keep the government funded this year, which would also prevent either party from ever using the threat of a government shutdown to push its agenda. His bill would change the law to require that funds automatically be appropriated at the previous year’s level if a budget could not be agreed to. Once Congress is able to reach an agreement to fund the government, this automatic funding would stop and be replaced by the enacted bill.
This bill could be passed to prevent a shutdown today, if Congress agrees. But Udall will support the one-week Democratic Continuing Resolution offered today, and he sees this bill as complementary in the event the CR is not signed into law or when that one-week CR expires next Friday.
Fundamentally, Udall believes a government shutdown could cripple growth in our fragile economic recovery and erode confidence in the U.S. economy. People’s livelihoods are at stake – military families are worried about receiving their paychecks, farmers are waiting for operating loans to put seed in theground, and millions of Americans are still waiting on their tax refunds. Over 53,000 federal employees in Colorado alone – and 800,000 nationwide – would be sent home without pay. It’s critical to pass the bill today, he said.
“Coloradans are incredulous as we fight over what amounts to 1 percent of the budget and some politically motivated policy riders,” Udall said. “Congress is playing chicken, trying to see which side of the aisle will flinch first – but when neither side yields, it’s the American people who ultimately suffer the worst outcome. At this eleventh hour, we need to remember we’ve been elected to serve, not to compete for a pot of fool’s gold that makes our constituents poorer in the long run.”
“The House and the Senate can pass my bill today and prevent a government shutdown,” Udall continued. “And it would prevent either party from ever holding the American people hostage over political infighting. This is the right thing to do, and I’m urging my colleagues in both parties and both houses of Congress to pass it.”
More details on Udall’s proposal:
· Funding for all government programs and projects would be at the same level or rate at which they had been funded in the previous year unless legislation specifically addressed or prohibited funding for a given program or project.
· The legislation would be in effect for each fiscal year, but would not roll over from one fiscal year to another – meaning that flatline funding would not be a permanent status quo.
The text of the bill can be found HERE .
Udall Calls on Republicans to Move Past Sticking Points to Real Compromise on Budget
Today, Mark Udall released the following statement in response to protracted budget negotiations between congressional Republicans and Democrats.
“The American people elected us to work together and get the job done; instead, the debate over a government shutdown is now being held hostage by unrelated Republican policy demands over women’s health services and our clean air laws. I’m calling on Republicans to stop using the budget debate and a government shutdown to score political points,” Udall said. “Military families are worried about receiving their paychecks, farmers are waiting for operating loans to put seed in the ground, and people all over the country are still waiting on their tax refunds. Women’s health services and climate change have nothing to do with funding the government, and I’m disappointed these issues have been raised at the eleventh hour just to sustain conflict and push a government shutdown.”
Udall gave a speech on the Senate floor today to repeat those sentiments; watch it HERE.
Rep. Scott Tipton’s Statement on Vote to Cut Spending and Preserve Funding for Our Troops
WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed H.R. 1363 to continue uninterrupted funding for our troops for the remainder of FY2011 while cutting $12 billion in spending over the next week. Rep. Scott Tipton’s (CO-03) statement follows:
“Congressional Democrats punted on passing a budget last year and are attempting to do it again this year. Not only have Democrats failed to offer a plan to get our country off the path to financial ruin, they are obstructing the efforts of the House to cut spending, create jobs and get our economy back on track.
“If the government were to shut down tomorrow, under the current rules, our troops in harm’s way would see an interruption in their pay. The thought that our men and women in uniform would be paid retroactively, when they are risking their lives now, is unacceptable to me.
“The troops are not a political chip to be played. The Senate and President Obama have no reason not to follow the House in passing this bill