Radical Republicans in Congress are using the government shutdown to demand the dismantling of Obamacare. Republican leaders have embraced the Tea Party’s ultimatum that Obamacare must be destroyed at all costs. The continued Republican shutdown is having a devastating impact on the country.
"We're not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaa—GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Indiana)
"What’s going to happen is we’re going to win the Senate and we’re then going to be able to do what’s best for the American people, which is to get rid of this law."—GOP Rep. Trey Radel (Florida)
"It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was."—a top GOP senator
"I want them to keep government shut down till Oct. 16, because a win in New Jersey means Democrats will fold."aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaa—GOP Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (New Jersey)
"So now we're letting these guys, this lemming crew, play out their hand."aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaa aaaaaa aaaaa aaa aaaaaa—GOP Rep. Devin Nunes (California)
Since Congress did not pass a bill to fund the operations of the government after October 1, the federal government was forced to shut down. This is having ripple effects across the nation, impacting our economy and middle-class families across the country.
In short, all of us. But, specifically, the shutdown is harming the elderly, veterans, and children. In just four days during the 1995 shutdown, 112,000 claims for Social Security retirement and disability benefits were not taken and 800,000 callers were denied service on SSA’s 1-800 number. Services critical to our veterans will be disrupted if a government shutdown lasts for more than two or three weeks. Nearly 19,000 children enrolled in Head Start have lost or are at risk or losing services, educational institutions cannot disburse critical funds to students, and nutritional support services for pregnant women and young children have been stopped. Many clinical research trials have stopped accepting new patients, turning away an estimated 200 patients, 30 of them children, this week alone.
If that wasn’t bad enough, this shutdown will also slow economic growth by $10 billion in the first week alone.Additionally, tourism around National Parks has stopped and loans to small businesses have been halted.
Republicans in Congress are refusing to fund the federal government unless their radical demands are met. They are holding the country hostage — trying to force a choice between opening the government or denying millions of Americans access to healthcare through Obamacare. Democrats will not bow to these radical demands and will fight to protect Obamacare and end the Republican shutdown.