Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement today on the potential for a government shutdown:
"Forty-eight days ago, House Republicans passed a bill to cut spending and fund the government for the rest of the year. To date, Senate Democrats have done nothing. They haven't passed a single bill to fund the government for the remainder of the year or offer a credible plan to reduce our country's $1.5 trillion budget deficit. The only thing they have done is sit on the sidelines rooting for a government shutdown.
"I will do everything in my power to avert a shutdown, but I will not break the promise I made to my constituents to rein in out of control government spending. The Republican proposal to cut $61 billion is a drop in the bucket of our $1.5 trillion budget deficit. If Democrats can't agree to cut $61 billion now, they'll never agree to cutting our $1.5 trillion budget deficit or pay down our $14 trillion debt. For the sake of our country's fiscal integrity, we have to start cutting now. That's what the American people expect of us and that's what Republicans plan to do."