Guinta-sponsored Government Shutdown Prevention Act approved by House, 221-202

UPDATE - H.R. 1255, Rep. Guinta’s co-sponsored “Government Shutdown Prevention Vote,” was just approved by the House in a vote of 221 to 202, with one Member voting “present.”

REP. GUINTA CO-SPONSORS THE

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN PREVENTION ACT

“If the federal government shuts down because of Harry Reid’s partisan bickering, it’s only fair that he, President Obama and everyone in Congress lose their paycheck.”

(WASHINGTON – April 1, 2011)    Representative Frank Guinta (R,NH-01) today became a co-sponsor of H.R. 1255, The Government Shutdown Prevention Act.  The federal government is due to run out of operating funds on April 8th; unless Congress passes a Continuing Resolution to keep it funded, the government will be forced to close at midnight in one week.

The bill says that unless Congress acts by Wednesday April 6th and funds the government through the end of the current fiscal on September 30th, H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution passed by the Republican-controlled House on February 19th and later rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate, will become law.  That measure also cuts $61 billion in current discretionary spending.  The Government Shutdown Prevention Act also stipulates that if the government does run out of money, the President and Members of Congress would not be paid for every day the government is shutdown.

“This bill shows the House is serious about ending the ridiculous string of short-term funding bills.  We want all of Congress to finally do the responsible thing and fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year,” Guinta said.  “Enough is enough.  We passed H.R. 1 nearly six weeks ago, only to see it die in Harry Reid’s ‘Just Say No’ Senate.  The Government Shutdown Prevention Act puts our money where our mouth is.  If the federal government shuts down because of Harry Reid’s partisan bickering, it’s only fair that he, President Obama and everyone in Congress lose their paycheck.”

The Government Shutdown Prevention Act is expected to be considered on the House floor and voted on today.