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Reid Remarks On The Republican Government Shutdown

“Yesterday I offered to meet House Republicans’ demand and enter into a budget conference. My only condition? That budget conferees negotiate in the light of day, while the government is open for business. Much to my surprise, Speaker Boehner refused and Senate Republicans objected.”  “Republicans honestly don’t know what they want and don’t have a…

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Reid Remarks On Democrats’ Offer To Name Budget Conferees, End The Irresponsible Republican Government Shutdown

“I opposed the Iraq war. In fact, I didn’t just oppose it – I hated it. I think I hated it as much as John Boehner hates the Affordable Care Act… I could have blocked funding for the United States government in order to block funding for the war [but]… I felt it would be…

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Reid Remarks On The Republican Government Shutdown

Republicans have had a very bad week. On the same day that Democrats in Congress delivered quality, affordable health insurance to tens of millions more Americans, Republicans in Congress delivered the nation a government shutdown.” “It’s time for Republicans to stop throwing one crazy idea after another at the wall in the hopes something will…

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Reid: “It Is Time For Speaker Boehner To Stop The Games”

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today: “Speaker Boehner has the votes to re-open the government and he knows it. By refusing to let the House vote on the only bill that will re-open the government, Speaker Boehner is single-handedly keeping the government shut down. It is time for Speaker…

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Reid Remarks On A Republican Government Shutdown

“The House has – once again – attached political policy riders that are dead on arrival in the Senate… But once again Democrats will not re-litigate the health care debate or negotiate at the point of a gun.”  “Although many of these Republicans have gladly allowed the federal government to pay for a portion of…

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Reid Remarks On A Republican Government Shutdown

“[Republicans] want to force more than 25 million families to once again rely on crowded, expensive emergency rooms or go without the life-saving care they need… Unless Democrats agree to all their demands – unless we agree to strip tens of millions of American of their health insurance and force tens of millions more to…

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Reid Statement On Republicans’ Latest Attempt To Force A Government Shutdown

Washington, DC — Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today: “Today’s vote by House Republicans is pointless. As I have said repeatedly, the Senate will reject any Republican attempt to force changes to the Affordable Care Act through a mandatory government funding bill or the debt ceiling. Furthermore, President Obama has stated that…

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Reid Remarks Prior To A Vote To Avert A Government Shutdown

“The Republican Party has been infected by a small but destructive faction that would rather tear down the house our founders built than govern from it. These extremists are more interested in putting on a show… than in legislating.”  “Republicans fought long and hard in opposition to Obamacare. And they lost. Then they made their…

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Reid Remarks On A Republican Government Shutdown

“According to a new CBS poll, 80 percent of Americans – including 75 percent of Republicans – oppose the Republican strategy of holding the government hostage to extract political concessions.” “Those of us who remember the government shutdowns of 1995 and 1996 know the story didn’t end well for Republicans.” “This country cannot be governed…

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Update: Reid Remarks On Republican Efforts To Shut Down The Government

“Republicans obsessed with defunding health care reform are pushing us closer and closer to a government shutdown that would tank the economy.” “A government shutdown would… cost the economy more than $30 billion for every week the government remained shuttered.”  “By a three-to-one margin Americans already oppose the Republican plan to hold the government hostage…

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