Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) appeared on MSNBC today where she said that shutting down the U.S. government should be “on the table” (video below).
Rep. Blackburn said that Congress should shut down the federal government or allow the United States to default on its debt, if President Obama does not agree to deep spending cuts in social programs, reports ThinkProgress.org.
Rep. Blackburn said: “We must end this out of control spending... We have to get on a spending plan that is going to lead to fiscal health for this country... We are going to look at all of these options. You know, there is the option of government shutdown. There is an option of raising the debt ceiling in short-term increments."
When asked by MSNBC host Chris Jansing if American citizens are "willing to see the government shut down," she answered: "Yes, they are. Yes, they are. But they want us to be thoughtful in what is done. And this is the good thing. You know, maybe it’s better to keep it open so we can keep cutting it."
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Rep. Blackburn added; "I think that there is a way to avoid default. If it requires shutting down certain portions of the government, let’s look at that. Let’s put these options on the table, be very thoughtful, but get this spending pattern broken. We cannot afford a $4 billion a day deficit and trillion dollar plus deficits every single year."
However, Jansing warned Rep. Blackburn that a government shutdown would include the FBI. She also said: “Prisons won’t operate, the court system closes, tax refunds won’t go out, the FAA would go off line.”
Rep. Blackburn refused to address those self-created problems, but added that Republicans should start eliminating supposed “waste, fraud, and abuse.”