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Sen. Warren on Republicans: 'Hostage-taking is All They Have Left'

Sen. Warren: "We should be having a real debate about our budget – because we have real problems to solve."

Sen. Warren: "For this right-wing minority, hostage-taking is all they have left – a last gasp of those who cannot cope with the realities of our democracy."
Sen. Warren: "For this right-wing minority, hostage-taking is all they have left – a last gasp of those who cannot cope with the realities of our democracy."

In remarks on the floor of the United States Senate today, Sept. 30, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed House Republicans’ irresponsible threats to shut down the government and steps to deny women access to contraception and affordable health care. 

She urged House Republicans to stop their assault on orderly functioning of our government and economy, to keep the government open, and to address the impact of drastic spending cuts from the sequester on families across the country.

 “With millions of people still out of work, with an economic recovery that is still far too fragile, with students and families being crushed by student loan debt, with millions of seniors denied one hot meal a day with Meals on Wheels and millions of little children pushed out of Head start because of a sequester that is dragging down the middle class, with the country hours away from a government shutdown and days away from a potential default on the nation’s debt, the Republicans have decided that the single most important issue facing our nation is to change the law so that employers can deny women access birth control coverage. In fact, letting employers decide whether women can get birth control covered on their insurance plans is SO important that the Republicans are willing to shutter the government and potentially tank the economy. Over whether women can access birth control coverage. In the year 2013.  Not the year 1913—the year 2013.”

“We should be having a real debate about our budget – because we have real problems to solve.  Earlier this year, automatic, across-the board cuts went into effect throughout the federal government,” said Warren. “More than a thousand employees at Westover Air Force Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base in Western Massachusetts are facing furloughs. This fall, more than 2,000 Massachusetts kids couldn’t get into Head Start because of cuts, and the Head Start program in Billerica will close completely at the end of this year. Federal workers across our state stand to lose as much as 30 percent of their salaries.  Every one of those losses will tighten family budgets.”

The Senator also addressed Republicans’ various, ongoing attempts to shut down the government unless the President agrees to gut the Affordable Care Act. “The threats may continue, but they are not working. And they will never work,” said Warren. “Because this is a democracy. And in a democracy, hostage tactics are the last resort for those who can’t otherwise win their fights through elections, can’t win their fights in Congress, can’t win their fights for the Presidency, and can’t win their fights in Courts.  For this right-wing minority, hostage-taking is all they have left – a last gasp of those who cannot cope with the realities of our democracy.”


Steve Dutch October 02, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Just as the Tea Party has no legitimacy, neither do any of the other groups around the world that take hostages. Bear that in mind next time some twit says they have no other option because they're "marginalized." They DESERVE to be marginalized!
Two Guys October 02, 2013 at 11:59 AM
The Rs are getting mauled by the Ds for these idiotic gambits. Talk about overplaying your hand. This is going to have lasting damage to that party.
Archie1954 October 02, 2013 at 02:45 PM
I wish Ms. Warren would consider a run for the presidency. She seems to have the pulse of the nation down pat. I fear if Madame Clinton should win, we would have more of endless war. Clinton is a warmonger in the mold of GW Bush.
Tom Crawford October 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Can you show us where Obama has presented a budget since he has been in office.
Kyle Felis Key October 03, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Tom - The beginning of every year. All he does is present it. The President, however, has no role in actually passing a budget. That responsibility falls entirely to Congress.

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