US Congressman Guinta sides with 30 GOP Freshmen and pressures Harry Reid to pass a spending bill

They pressure top Senate Democrat to pass long-term bill to fund the government

(WASHINGTON – MARCH 30, 2011)  House Republican Freshmen gathered today outside the U.S. Capitol to deliver a direct message to the leader of the Senate:  “Pass a bill.”

Rep. Frank Guinta was among the 30 Freshmen House Republicans who signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), citing his failure to pass a Continuing Resolution in the Senate to keep the government funded through the end of the current fiscal year.

“Mr. Reid, your record in the Senate is one of failure,” the letter said.  “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.”

“Harry Reid has consistently been the roadblock to passing a funding bill,” Guinta explained.  Although Guinta was unable to attend Wednesday’s news conference, he is an enthusiastic supporter of the Freshman-led effort.  “We as the Freshmen were elected with the clear mandate to rollback federal spending and put our country’s fiscal house in order.  Harry Reid doesn’t get that.  It’s time Americans realize that he is the obstruction that continually blocks the expressed will of the people that we have honored, like making significant cuts in federal spending.”

The Members called upon Reid to end his opposition to the Continuing Resolution passed by the House in February, which contained $61 billion in cuts.  That bill was rejected by the Senate.  Congress later passed two short-term spending bills that will keep the federal government funded through April 8th.

“The House has been working to pass continuing resolutions that cut spending while the Senate has been inactive,” said Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Ark.). “Senator Reid has shown over the years he is able to pass bills he supports, but when it is critical, he’s refusing to lead.  The American people want him to do his job.

“The House of Representatives is doing our job, Mr. Reid.  The Senate needs to start doing theirs,” the letter concluded.  “Mr. Reid, it’s time to pass a bill.”

Freshmen Congressmen who have signed the letter include Reps. Rick Berg (ND at large), Diane Black (TN-06), Francisco Canseco (TX-23),  Chip Cravaack (MN-08), Rick Crawford (AR-01), Jeff Dunham (CA-19), Scott DesJarlais (TN-04), Blake Farenthold (TX-27),

Stephen Fincher (TN08), Bill Flores (TX-17), Tim Griffin (AR-02), Michael Grimm (NY-13), Frank Guinta (NH-01), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Jaimre Beutler Herrera (WA-03), Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), Jeffrey Landry (LA-03), Billy Long (MO-07), David McKinney (WV-01), Richard Nugent (FL-05), Mike Pompeo (KS-04), Jim Renacci (OH-16), Tom Reed (NY-29), Martha Roby (AL-02), Todd Rokita (IN-04), David Schweikert (AZ-05), Tim Scott (SC-01), Steve Stivers (OH-15), Marlin Stutzman (IN-03), Steve Womack (AR-03).