Majority Leader Harry Reid Uses Military, Unborn Children as Ploys In Budget Debate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2011
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Majority Leader Harry Reid Uses Military, Unborn Children as Ploys In Budget Debate


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins responded today to Senator Harry Reid's (D-NV) interview on NPR yesterday in which the Majority Leader complained that House Speaker John Boehner's plan to stop a government shutdown will "fund the Defense Department for the rest of the year when everybody else is funded for one week."

FRC Action President Tony Perkins responded with the following comments:

"Majority Leader Harry Reid is once again showing the Senate Democrats' disdain toward the military. In the midst of three wars, Senator Reid is willing to use the military as a political ploy. The Republicans are prudent in their efforts to ensure that the men and women who are willing to sacrifice everything are compensated and well-equipped.

"At the same time, it is not surprising that Senator Reid and the President can't agree with the Republicans on a budget because the Democrats could not agree on a budget when they controlled both Houses of Congress. It's a shame that Senator Reid says he is now willing to accept cuts in the continuing resolution but for the sake of preserving direct taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia, he is going to advance a government shutdown.

"While Senator Reid might see the military and unborn children as merely political pawns, the American people have more respect for both. The President should clarify if he opposes the newest budget offering for the same reasons as Senator Reid."

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