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Media Release: DeFazio Opposes Republican Demand To Shut Down the Federal Government

Oct 1, 2013
Press Release
October 1, 2013


DeFazio Opposes Republican Demand To Shut Down the Federal Government 


 WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR issued the following statement in response to the shutdown of the federal government:

“The Tea Party conservatives are holding the federal government hostage because they don’t have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” said DeFazio. “There are many laws I don’t agree with, but I work to amend and improve them, not bring the entire government to a standstill.”

“I am happy to work with moderate and conservative republicans to break the Tea Party grip on Congress. Their radical politics begin with a fundamental opposition to the federal government, which makes it impossible for them to effectively govern.  Most Republicans I know still believe the federal government is necessary. I support a clean spending bill that keeps the government open and if that bill was given a vote on the House floor, it would pass today with bipartisan support.”

“This government shutdown will deny countless essential government services to Americans, send hundreds of thousands of federal employees home without pay, and further erode the reputation of the U.S. government.”

“As damaging as a federal government shutdown will be, the Tea Party republicans are also threatening to block an increase to the country’s debt ceiling, which is expected to be reached in the coming weeks. The failure of the United States to pay its bills would quickly shred any confidence in the U.S. bond market. Interest rates will skyrocket harming American pocketbooks, the federal budget, and send our economy into a tailspin. It is no wonder that only 10% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing today.  We must stop the hostage taking before the Tea Party does more economic damage to our nation.”

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