A group of Republican Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today which “made clear that they’ll object to the consideration of any legislation that fails to directly address meaningful spending cuts, reducing debt and reducing the size of government,” according to a press release.
In the letter, they also disapproved of Reid’s “tactic to limit debate on spending proposals.”
Yesterday, the Senate voted on two proposals to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. This debate gave only a limited (three hours) opportunity to debate what many Americans believe is the issue of our time – cutting government spending and dramatically reducing our national debt. Additionally, no member of the Senate was permitted to offer amendments under the structured process, which in our opinion prevents a full, open, and robust debate.
Key excerpt, with emphasis added on the last line:
While there are certainly many issues that warrant the Senate’s consideration, we feel that the Senate must not debate and consider bills at this time that do not affirmatively cut spending, directly address structural budget reforms, reduce government’s role in the economy so businesses can create jobs, or directly address this current financial crisis.
We, therefore, are notifying you of our intention to object to the consideration of any legislation that fails to directly address this crisis in a meaningful way. Our objections would be withheld if the Senate agrees to dedicate significant floor time to debate this issue well in advance of the federal government reaching our statutorily mandated debt limit.
Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), John Ensign (R-NV), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) signed the letter.
Update: Jon Summers, a spokesman for Majority Leader Reid, has issued a press release statement in response.
“After ignoring jobs for months, Republicans are making it official by vowing to block every bill that creates American jobs.”