Pronouncing him a "failure" on spending, over 30 Republican freshmen have sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a pointed letter demanding the Senate pass a continuing resolution. Here's the text:
We the undersigned call on you and the Senate to pass a long-term Continuing Resolution; a resolution that hears the calls of the American people and makes reasonable, responsible spending cuts.
Mr. Reid, your record on spending in the Senate is one of failure. You have failed to pass a budget, failed to restrain spending, and failed to put our country on sound fiscal footing.
We do not accept your failure as our own.
The American people did not send us here to fail. Make no mistake: any government shutdown is the result of your lack of leadership. America has a $14 trillion debt and you offered a mere $6 billion in cuts. The House heard the calls of the American people and offered $61 billion in cuts, but the Senate has not sent us a Continuing Resolution in return.
We have received nothing from the Senate except denials of the dire straits of our nation's fiscal health.
The House of Representatives is accomplishing what we were elected to do. We've cut spending. We've terminated wasteful programs. We've funded the government.
Mr. Reid, we are letting you know that we will rally on the Senate steps every day until you pass a long-term Continuing Resolution. We call on all Americans to join our fight in restoring our country's fiscal health.
The House of Representatives is doing our job, Mr. Reid. The Senate needs to start doing theirs.
Mr. Reid, it's time to pass a bill.
Bound together and determined,
This comes as the Republican leadership prepares a Government Shutdown Prevention Act.
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