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Letter to the Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader, United States Senate

Today 34 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging him to pass the most recent continuing resolution, H.R. 1363, in order to continue funding for our Armed Services and prevent a shutdown of the federal government. Please see the below statements, text of the letter and the attached document with signatures:

"While I am disappointed we find ourselves in this situation, I refuse to let partisan politics endanger the livelihood of our service men and women, and their families, who work tirelessly defending our freedoms. It is now on the shoulders of the Democrat-controlled Senate to pass this bill and for the President to sign it." -- Congressman Mike Conaway, Represents Texas' 11th Congressional District

"If the only barrier to providing essential funding to our troops and preventing a shutdown of the federal government are legislative riders, then why hasn't Senator Reid removed language he disagrees with and sent a bill back to the House for consideration? I strongly urge him to exercise leadership and fulfill his constitutional obligations to the American people." -- Representative Brian Bilbray, Represents California's 50th Congressional District

"It is unfair to hold the brave men and women of our military hostage and to use them as a bargaining chip in a philosophical dispute. The time to bicker over a budget has passed. Now is the time to stand up for all that is true and good about the United States of America, specifically the troops who are fighting to keep this land safe." -- Congressman Tom Marino, Represents Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District

Please find the letter below.

Dear Majority Leader Reid:

It has been 48 days since the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 funding the federal government for the remainder of FY 2011 and the Senate has yet to propose any alternative. The failure to act by our upper house is why we find ourselves in this grave situation. The mere threat of a government shutdown is a dangerous distraction for over 242,000 service men and women around the globe. As members of Congress, we took the same oath they did to protect and preserve the Constitution of the United States; while they risk their lives fulfilling this solemn obligation, we continue to bicker here at home.

This morning you declared, "The debate has nothing to do with the number; it has everything to do with women's health. That's the only issue that was left undone when we left the White House last night." If this is true, we strongly urge you to consider H.R. 1363 (The Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act), remove language you disagree with, and send your version back to the House for consideration.

A shutdown would deny millions of American families from receiving essential life services, negatively impact over 800,000 federal employees, and set a terrible example for our children and the rest of the world. We strongly urge you to act immediately to meet our constitutional obligations to the American people and keep the government running.

Respectfully,

Brian Bilbray (CA-50)

Duncan D. Hunter (CA-52)

Ralph M. Hall (TX-4)

Ed Whitfield (KY-1)

Jason Chaffetz (UT-3)

John Shimkus (IL-19)

Tom Cole (OK-4)

Steven C. LaTourette (OH-14)

Kristi Noem (SD-1)

K. Michael Conaway (TX-11)

Joe Wilson (SC-2)

Elton Gallegly (CA-24)

Tom Marino (PA-10)

Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)

Don Manzullo (IL-16)

Robert B. Aderholt (AL-4)

Larry Bucshon (IN-8)

Todd R. Platts (PA-19)

Mike Kelly (PA-3)

Steven Palazzo (MS-4)

Lou Barletta (PA-11)

Bobby Schilling (IL-17)

Michael Grimm (NY-13)

Joe Walsh (IL-8)

Robert Dold (IL-10)

Michael C. Burgess (TX-26)

Virginia Foxx (NC-5)

Joe Heck (NV-3)

Pat Tiberi (OH-12)

H.Morgan Griffith (VA-9)

Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-8)

Robert Hurt (VA-5)

Walter B. Jones (NC-3)


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