Ramsey in on Obama Administration ‘Shutdown’ Call

Press Release from Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, April 8, 2011:

(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R –Blountville) joined a White House Intergovernmental Affairs briefing call today with top state and local officials from across the country. Representatives of seven federal agencies were on the call covering the fields of Medicaid, transportation, housing, labor, personnel and the environment.

“There are many, many real questions and concerns from state leaders about a possible federal government shutdown,” said Ramsey. “While there still seem to be more questions than answers on how the states will be affected I do appreciate the White House reaching out to keep the lines of communications open.”

Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, opened the call and directed state leaders to a central website http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans. The website will serve as clearinghouse of information on several agencies whose crucial missions interact with the states.

Danny Werfel, Controller of OMB’s Office of Federal Financial Management, stressed that while that there are no “hard and fast rules” on how the states could be affected and that states need to coordinate with their own legal authorities to help prepare for a shutdown.

“I hope Washington, DC gets its act together soon.” said Ramsey. “We know how to balance a budget here in Tennessee and we’re in far better position to survive a disruption than most states. The Obama administration should look to states like Tennessee to see how to avoid a government shutdown.”