The Washington Times - October 4, 2013, 09:26AM

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, said that the House plan to open the government agency by agency is fiscally responsible and is not a case of picking winners and losers, as many Democrats have accused.

“What we are doing is exercising stewardship over the taxpayer dollar,” she said Friday on MSNBC.


House Republicans have passed a series of bills to fund specific agencies, like the National Institutes of Health and the Veteran’s Affairs Department. The bills have failed in the Senate, and the president has said that they are dead on arrival if they were to pass the upper chamber.

“Going to get components open on a bit-by-bit basis and move it back to the point where we have all of the services that are available open and do it in a responsible way,” Ms. Blackburn said. “I’m ready to go to work today and get it done, I would hope my colleagues in the Senate would help me with that.”

She also said that spending on Obamacare must be addressed to have a balanced budget and spending under control, noting that costs for the health care plan will increase over time.