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Schumer: Senate GOP Rejects Up-Or-Down Vote On House Budget, Seem To Agree Proposal Is Too Extreme

Washington, DCU.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) released the following statement Friday after Senate Republicans strangely blocked an up-or-down vote on the House Republicans’ spending measure. Senate Republicans have been clamoring for a vote on the measure for weeks, only to back off an offer today by Senate Democratic leadership to have a final-passage vote on the measure next Tuesday:

“By objecting to an up-or-down vote on the House bill, Senate Republicans are agreeing with us that the proposal is too extreme to pass as is. Now that they have admitted they want changes to it just like we do, the real negotiations on the budget can finally begin.”

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REPUBLICANS CALL FOR MAJOR CHANGES TO REPUBLICANS’ RECKLESS SPENDING BILL

Republicans’ reckless spending bill is a non-starter, but don’t take it from us. In addition to destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs and a promise from the President to veto it, the bill is so reckless that even other Republicans are calling for major changes. Democrats have said since day one that this is about how we cut, not whether we cut. Unlike Republicans, we want to cut spending in a smart, responsible way that creates jobs and keeps our economy growing.

SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP PUSHES FOR CHANGES IN HOUSE BILL

Kyl Says Cuts To Border Patrol Agents “Would Do Damage.” ”Now I don’t believe those reductions are a good idea. … “ Kyl said. “But I think it was an overall cut [to Homeland Security], not a cut to specific pieces of the border patrol budget.” “I think that the overall cut would do damage,” he added, “but it depends on where you apply the cuts as to exactly what damage is done.” [Politico, 3/1/11]

·         Kyl Pushes For Changes To House Republican CR. ”Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said he’ll be “pushing for changes” to a House-passed bill that calls for more than $600 million in cuts to the Homeland Security Department, which oversees security of the nation’s borders.” [Politico, 3/1/11]

·         Cornyn Concerned On Border Cuts In Republican Plan. ”Some of the House Republicans’ proposed cuts have sparked concern on the Senate Republican side…Kyl and Cornyn both have expressed concerns on cuts that would affect border security.” [Politico, 3/3/11]

SENATE REPUBLICANS OPPOSE CUTS IN HOUSE CR

Lugar Opposes House Republican CR. ”Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said the size of the $61 billion in cuts proposed by the House is “reasonable,” but he wouldn’t support the bill as it stands.  ‘I would not support the entirety of the House bill,’ Lugar said Sunday morning on CNN’s State of the Union.” [The Hill, 2/20/11]

Collins, Snowe, Oppose TIGER II Cuts In House Republican Budget. ”U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (both R-ME) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today wrote to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to urge him to expedite the obligation of $20 million in TIGER II funding that was awarded for the replacement of the Memorial Bridge between Kittery, Maine, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.” [Press Release, 3/1/11]

Collins Says House CR Threatens Thousands Of Jobs In Shipbuilding And Other Defense Industries. ”Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican of Maine, expressed concern that an extended continuing resolution would effectively threaten ‘thousands of jobs’ in shipbuilding and other defense industries, unless special provisions are made for particular programs.” [Providence Journal, 3/2/11]

Grassley Says Republican Cuts Don’t “Save Any Money.” “Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley objects to slashing ethanol subsidies. ‘Their cuts are supposed to save money and it doesn’t save any money, so what’s the point of it?’ Grassley said of the ethanol cuts.” [Politico, 3/3/11]

FRESHMAN HOUSE REPUBLICANS SOUND OFF

Former FBI agent Grimm Critical Of Fellow Freshman Budget Cuts. ”‘It’s easy if you don’t live in New York City to think, ‘Oh yeah, you can cut a little,’” said Grimm, a former FBI agent in New York. ‘As a 9/11 first responder in Staten Island, I know we’re the No. 1 terror target in the United States. I firmly believe — and have most of my adult life, which is why I chose to do the Marine Corps and join the FBI — that the government’s No. 1 priority has to be to keep us safe.’” [Politico, 3/2/11]

Freshman Republican Warns Of Backlash From Deep Cuts. “‘We have to be very responsible about what we’re cutting out. If we go too far, there will be backlash…I see it with my constituents. They want us to cut back, but I think it’s possible to go too far,’ Rep Sean Duffy said.” [The Hill, 2/15/11]

REPUBLICANS SPLIT FROM PARTY, CRITICIZE INITIAL GOP CUTS

Republicans Criticize Boehner For Cuts To Police, Says Puts Constituent Lives At Risk. “Reps Peter King and Michael Grimm send a letter to Speaker Boehner against the GOP cuts, which they fear will ‘disproportionally impact’ New York City and Long Island. Highlighted among their concerns were the threats that the proposed cuts made to security measures already in place.”  [New York Observer, 2/14/11]

Former Sherriff Introduces Amendments To Restore COPS Program. “Rep. David Reichert (R-Wash.), a former sheriff, has multiple amendments aimed at taking money from the census and giving it to the COPS program.” [Politico, 2/15/11]

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