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Murray to House Republicans: Stop Putting Extreme Ideology Over Economic Recovery

Feb 24 2011

Responds to most recent Republican proposal that would reduce GDP by 2%, slash investments across the board

(Washington, D.C.) Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement in response to Speaker Boehner’s proposal to radically slash government investments by $4 billion over two weeks.

“This ‘new’ proposal is nothing more than a Trojan horse for the extreme and reckless legislation recently passed by House Republicans.

“Senate Democrats rejected that proposal because it would pull the rug out from our economic recovery and devastate millions of families and small business owners across the country. And we reject this one because our economy can’t afford the drastic shock that independent analysts have predicted the Republicans’ budget would impose, no matter how briefly it may last.

“I am deeply disappointed that after coming into office promising to create jobs and help the economy, House Republicans have consistently put their anti-government ideology ahead of common sense. Any small business owner will tell you that no matter how tough it is out there, you never cut the investments that are going to allow you to compete and prosper once the crisis ends.

“We have agreed to billions of dollars of responsible cuts, and we are willing to work with Republicans to find even more ways to rein in the deficit. But what we will not do is allow Republicans to put politics and ideology above the workers, families, students, and small business owners who are counting on us to get our economy back on track.

“I urge Speaker Boehner to come to the table and have a real conversation with us about getting our economy back on track while cutting spending.”