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Sen. Merkley Comments on Govt. Shutdown

EUGENE, Ore. — U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement Monday night on the shutdown of the government due to a lapse in appropriations.

“Today’s events have been deeply unfortunate. The shutdown of the government will do great damage to millions of Americans in many walks of life, from the closure of national parks, to unapproved loans for small businesses, to delayed benefits for our veterans and seniors.

“Moreover, this entire manufactured crisis hurts American families, slowing business investments that would otherwise put Americans to work. Throw in the plan by some to create another crisis in a few weeks over the debt ceiling, and the damage is substantial.

“Tonight’s failure is rooted in the determination of some in Congress to use the threat to drive the American economy over the cliff as a lever to win policy positions on health care that were lost during regular Congressional debate and in the Presidential election.

“This hostage-taking is wrong-headed in the extreme and must be rejected by those on the right and left seeking common sense restoration of an ordinary budget process. The beginning for that path is for a small band of Republicans in the Senate to end their six-month filibuster that has blocked meetings of the bicameral Budget Conference Committee.

“Some in the House have asked for the Senate to compromise. The Senate has compromised, adopting the House spending number for the Continuing Resolution rather than the Senate number. Unfortunately, the House cannot take yes for an answer.

“Oregonians are very clear that they want their representatives working together to solve real problems. We owe it to the families across America who are depending on us to take on the big challenges we face as a nation.”

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  1. don jones says:

    what a bunch of liberal trash.
    Obama has NEVER had a budget yet.
    Spends TRILLIONS of dollars, unchecked.

    How is all that hope and change working for you now?
    We don’t even have the hope of some change. There is nothing left.

    Obamacare is a failure. A blind person can see that.

  2. P. Windham says:

    This country just gets better and better doesn’t it? What a laugh!

  3. ahshucks says:

    The Lib Tards are doing it again blaming shut down on Republicans. What a bunch of whiners. Today is proof that Obama Care is not ready to be operational. Their site is down and won’t work until fixed. That’s the Lib Tards fault. Remember not one Republican vote passed Obama Care. It’s everything else Obama has tried to do, its failed. Obama Care will be no difference. His failers: Fast and Furious, Bombing in Boston, IRS Tax scandal, Boarder Control Agents release thousands of illegal’s, Sexual abuse in armed services, DOJ illegal phone taps of AP&Fox, Benghazi terrorist attack, NO JOBS and Obama care being a total screw up.

  4. David Nelson says:

    When was the last Budget really Passed, think it was back in 1997.

    I do not see whey they just take the requirement for mandatory health care for every bod out for 1 year. Take just that part out and see how it goes with every body who wants and need this new health care system.

    But instead of passing this little stop gap measure pass a Budget and get it over with.

  5. David Nelson says:

    When was the last Budget really Passed, think it was back in 1997.

    I do not see why they just take the requirement for mandatory health care for every bod out for 1 year. Take just that part out and see how it goes with every body who wants and need this new health care system.

    But instead of passing this little stop gap measure pass a Budget and get it over with.

  6. Cyndi M. says:

    Sen. Merkley, this is simple. I’m not ready to play, so I’d appreciate the same option to wait a year you gave big business. Also, since the ACA is so great, I don’t want to see you and the rest of congress and the administration miss out. I think every single American should participate, no exceptions. Eat your own cooking,

    Now, sure, a clean CR would make your life easier, but the thing is, even though this is really hard, sometimes it’s worth the fight. We could spend decades trying to undo this if it just goes in.

    Please suggest that Sen. Reid take himself to the conference table.

    Thanks!

  7. coldwarrior says:

    Does Merkley really want to save money ? then have him resign and save us his salary ,since he is nothing more than a rubber stamp for Obama and Harry Reid – just give his vote to Dingy Harry since he will blindly obey his masters – party loyalty over the will of the people

  8. Tank Commander says:

    I saw last night the newest tactic from Cantor and company is to make ceremonial votes on only the programs they like and know the democrats will go on record voting against; veterans benefits, etc. More useless posing and posturing. Why not let the whole thing pass but grant no subsidies or exemptions for the president, congress, congressional staff, or the unions? Let it go. If it’s so bad, the republicans can have their “I told you so moment” and get it repealed. These guys are more like spoiled children. They take 239 days of each year and can’t have their pay touched when the shutdowns occur. I will vote for no incumbent. Period. A pox on both houses for saying NO to everything except what THEY want.

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