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Shutdown near, Democrats, GOP, fingerpointing on Sunday shows
With the federal government heading to a partial shutdown midnight Monday, lawmakers on the Sunday shows were blaming each other for the impasse.
On the strength of GOP votes, the House at 12:16 a.m. Sunday passed a second stopgap measure to keep government open past the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, with, for the second time, a provision to derail Obamacare, which means Senate Democrats will again rebuff the legislation.
All the Illinois House Republicans voted for the GOP-authored provision to delay Obamacare for a year; all the Illinois Democrats voted against it. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) did not vote.
Neither the House nor Senate are in session on Sunday, so the war of words in the morning moved over to the Sunday shows.
As for the GOP measure the House sent the Senate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” “We are not going to pass it. We’re not going to pass it because it is wrong to do a shutdown of government as the lever to make change.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is leading the charge against Obamacare—and mapping strategy with GOP House members—told David Gregrory on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Democrats will be blamed if there is a shutdown.
“So far Majority Leader Harry Reid has essentially told the House of Representatives and the American people, go jump in a lake. He said, I’m not willing to compromise; I’m not willing to even talk,” Cruz said.
“His position is 100 percent of “Obamacare” must be funded in all instances, and other than that, he’s going to shut the government down. Now, David, I hope he doesn’t do that. If Harry Reid forces a government shutdown, that will be a mistake. I hope he backs away from that ledge that he’s pushing us towards. But that is his position.”
On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told Bob Schieffer, “We’ve sent, from the Senate, a clean CR (continuing resolution) no strings attached. We didn’t demand the immigration bill pass or anything like that, a clean CR to keep the government in business and not hurt the economy. Ultimately, that’s what we should do.
“And I hope when it comes to the debt ceiling, we’ll do the same thing, extend the debt ceiling without endangering the economy. Then if the Republicans want to sit down and go into serious good-faith negotiations over any aspect of government, that’s how it should take place.”