SENATE MUST ACT, WHITE HOUSE MUST STOP PLAYING GAMES
ALBUQUERQUE – As the government shutdown continues, the Obama administration says it won’t negotiate with Republicans. This weekend, the White House told The Wall Street Journal, “we are winning,” and that “it really doesn’t matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts. (See article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303492504579113781436540284.html)
“President Obama’s stubborn political games are absurd, and as he refuses to negotiate for the good of Americans, the government remains shutdown,” said RPNM Chairman John Billingsley. “Republicans in the House of Representatives have shown a great willingness to find common ground and have continued to bring new proposals to the table; yet, Democrats are childishly refusing to negotiate at all.”
The House of Representatives passed multiple bills to avert a shutdown—all of which were refused by the Democrat-controlled Senate. The House has also passed numerous other measures over the last few days to fund critical services, including cancer research, veterans’ benefits, National Guard and Reserve paychecks, low-income women and children nutrition assistance, emergency and disaster recovery, reopening of national parks, and back-pay for furloughed employees.
“Despite the efforts, hard work and leadership of those in the House, Senate Democrats are blindly sticking to the failed leadership of President Obama,” continued Billingsley. “As Speaker of the House John Boehner said: ‘this isn’t some damn game.’ This is an issue of getting the U.S. government back up and running, and it is time for Democrats in the Senate and the White House to take this situation seriously, instead of refusing negotiations or joint conferences. The House is simply asking for a conference to sit down and have a discussion and to reopen the government. It all starts with simple discussions, and we commend the leaders in the House who are actively working for the good of all Americans.”