Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA) has signed on as an original co-sponsor to H.R. 1255, the "Government Shutdown Prevention Act." This bill would provide that if the Senate fails to pass a measure before April 6, 2011, providing for appropriations for government agencies for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011, H.R. 1--as passed by the House of Representatives on February 19, 2011--would become law while waiting for the Senate to act. H.R. 1255 would also provide that in the event of a government shutdown, the salaries of Members of Congress and the President will be withheld.
"The House worked tirelessly to put together a bill to both fund this government and make the spending cuts we need to lift our country out of its financial hole. Yet the Senate refuses to pass that bill, H.R. 1, or any other funding bill for the remainder of FY2011. Passing H.R. 1255 will prevent a shutdown of the United States government by funding the government at H.R. 1 levels while waiting for the Senate to Act," Woodall said.
"H.R. 1255 reaffirms our commitment both to responsible spending cuts and to keeping the government open so that we can move forward with the business of the American people; including passing a fiscally conservative ten-year budget and a tackling the enormous task of cutting spending in FY2012."
The House will likely begin debate on the bill around 9AM tomorrow morning. Congressman Woodall, who has managed debate on the rule for all of the Continuing Resolutions (CR) brought to the House Floor for a vote, will manage debate on the House Floor for both the rule and final passage of H.R. 1255.
"I hope that this bill motivates the Senate to finally act on passing responsible funding legislation for the remainder of the fiscal year. If funding the government at the levels prescribed by the House is not what Senator Reid and his majority wants, I need to see his alternative," Woodall said.