Government Shutdownby Senator Harry Reid
Posted on 2013-09-27
REID. Madam President, I wish to thank all my Republican
colleagues and, of course, Democratic colleagues who acted responsibly
today to prevent a government shutdown. House Republicans should follow
the example set by Republicans in the Senate.
I want everyone to listen and to hear. The Senate has acted. This is the only legislation that can avert a government shutdown and that time is ticking as we speak. The Senate will be back in session on Monday. In the meantime, if Speaker Boehner wants to avoid a government shutdown, he will pass our resolution; otherwise, it is a government shutdown.
The President just spoke on national TV outlining how bad that would be. We have said it on the floor, but it doesn't have the power of the President telling everyone how bad it will be, and it will be very, very negative for our economy and for the American people in general.
House Republicans should think long and hard about what is at stake and who would be hurt by a government shutdown. Each of us, all 535 Members of Congress, were elected by the American people to serve them, and the American people deserve better than a government that lurches from crisis to crisis caused by a handful of people. American families deserve a government that works for them, not against them.