Today Congressman Nunnelee issued the following statement after joining House Republican colleagues on the Senate steps to urge Senator Reid to pass a spending plan after 48 days of inactivity. Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Department of Defense and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (Troop Funding Bill) which would fund the military through the end of FY 2011, cut an additional $12 billion and keep the government operating through April 15.
"Today I joined my fellow colleagues urging the Senate to join House Republicans in cutting spending and providing funding for our troops. We are engaged in a budget battle for the future of our great nation - our mission is to cut spending and create jobs. We have the freedom to engage in this battle because of those Americans who have their life on the line fighting for that freedom.
"The one thing that keeps me up at night is thinking about our men and women in uniform, serving in war zones. It is unconscionable that we would put these Americans in harm's way and not fund their efforts. Many of them have families back at home with mortgages and bills -- and right now, if the government shuts down, they do not get paid. I cannot imagine the distractions of serving in a war zone while knowing that back at home my spouse and children have had their income source shut off.
"It is wrong to play politics with providing funding for those men and women who are at war. Senator Reid must follow the House lead and pass the troop funding bill. It will keep the government running and allow us to focus on our mission, while our brave soldiers focus on theirs," said Nunnelee.