Stutzman on Shutdown: "Only the American People Can Drag Harry Reid to the Negotiating Table"
Created by kblakeslee on 10/1/2013 2:24:39 PM

INDIANA, (WOWO): This afternoon, U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman spoke on the House floor after the Senate rejected the House of Representative’s latest effort to reach a budget compromise to keep the government running. The following is his speech:

“Mr. Speaker, it seems that only the American people can drag Harry Reid to the negotiating table.

“Back home Hoosiers already know that Washington is fiscally broke but today, after the Senate pushed this country into a shutdown, they also know that Congress is broken.

“The House has sent Harry Reid and Senate Democrats four separate proposals to keep the government open—four. Yet, Senate Democrats have rejected each one of them without offering a single counter-proposal.

“It’s clear that President Obama and Harry Reid would rather shutdown the government than even discuss the real-world consequences of ObamaCare.

“The American people don’t want the government to shut down and they don’t want Washington to saddle them with ObamaCare’s tax hikes, job losses, and higher premiums. My colleagues in the House have listened and have acted. It’s time for the Senate to respond.

“I’m hopeful that the American people will continue to make their voices heard in Washington. It’s time for Senate Democrats to end their politically-motivated obstructionism. It’s time for Senator Reid and President Obama to come to the table and talk.”