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DNC Weekly Update 9-20-13

DNC Weekly Update 9-20-13

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This week's update from the DNC
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September 20, 2013GOP Holds Federal Government Hostage
This week, the DNC communications shop released the following video and memo blasting Republicans for theirdangerous plans to shut down the government and default on our obligations. Republicans in Congress are sofocused on undermining President Obama and his health care law that they are willing to risk the economic wellbeingof the US and world economies unless they get exactly what they want. The GOP plan to shut down the governmentand
default on the US government’s obligations is reckless and would be disastrous for the American people.
Today’s Republican/Tea Party: Shutdown, Default or Defund
 
This week, the GOP’s civil w
ar ended and the Tea Party won. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell waved the whiteflag of surrender, throwing their support behind the irresponsible and dangerous Tea Party plans that would drive theeconomy off a cliff.Now that the party is united; the debate within the GOP has been relegated to which vehicle Republicans want touse
 –
a government shutdown or a default on our obligations. And why are they threatening to devastate the economy?So they can gut ObamaCare and put insurance companies back 
in the driver’s seat of our health care. Their planwould result in bringing back insurance companies’ ability to deny coverage for pre
-existing conditions, allow insurers
to charge women more and kick young people off their families’ plans. If they got w
hat they really wanted andrepealed ObamaCare it would increase the deficit by $109 billion dollars.Despite clear evidence that it's bad policy and
 
bad politics, Republicans in Washington have made these plans thecenterpiece of their fall obstruction agenda. Congressional Republicans are so focused on undermining the President
 
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and his legislative agenda that they are willing to risk harming the economy, even if it they hurt the economic well-being of ordinary Americans in the process.These kinds of partisan stunts are not what the American people want; they are looking for elected leaders to putideology aside and find common ground. This week the Tea Party won and the American people lost.
Don’t take our word for it –
see below for just a few examples of Republicans being called out for handing over thepower of governing to the Tea Party and playing reckless games with the financial security of our country.
 “
 
Republicans eager for a fight need to realize that some things are not to be trifled with. A nation that does not payits bills and fails to meet its obligations for spending is hardly following a conservative approach to fiscal policy.
” 
[National Journal, 9/19/13] 
 “Speaker John A. Boehner waved the white flag on Wednesday, surrendering to demands from his right flank that he
tie
money to keep the government open after Sept. 30 to stripping President Obama’s health care law of any
financing.
” 
 
[New York Times, 9/18/13] 
 
 “Another down
-to-the-wire fight, potentially more toxic than usual, is rapidly shaping up in the U.S. Congress asconservatives prepare to exploit looming fiscal deadlines to derail President Barack Obama's signature healthcare
reform law.” 
 [Reuters, 9/13/13] 
It looks like the Tea Party just won round one. [The Week, 9/18/13] 
 “For the tea
-
party coalition and its leaders, it’s a triumphant return to power inside the Beltway . . . . Republican
leadership, which initially shrugged off the defunding cry, now faces a flush and angry grassroots
operation.” 
[National Journal, 9/17/13] 
 “There are about 30 Republicans —
a minority, but enough to stymie legislation
 —
who have stood firm against
legislation that doesn’t affirmati
vely defund Obamacare. Their sights are now shifting to the debt ceiling, and some
are beginning to say they are willing to ignore the implications of hitting the borrowing limit.” 
[Politico, 9/19/13] 
HEADLINE:
 “Republicans' obsession with overturning ObamaCare is getting sillier and more dangerous at the same time. Now
that they've failed to kill the law every way the rules allow
 —
in Congress, the Supreme Court and in a presidentialelection
 —
the opponents are
taking hostages and, in effect, threatening to shoot them if they don't get their way.” 
[USA Today, 9/20/13] 
 
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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on House Vote to Cut Obamacare or Shut the
Government Down
On Friday, following the House vote on a bill that will result in a government shutdown unless the Affordable Care Act is cut, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:
 “This was a shameful vote that risks a government shutdown just to stop millions of Americans from having access to
quality, affordable health care.
This vote proved what we’ve already known for some time: The Tea Party has won
the civil war for supremacy within the Republican Party.
 “The far
-
right faction that’s calling the shots in today’s GOP is so focused on undermining President Obama thatthey’ 
re willing to drive the nation over the cliff. The only question now is what car these legislators will use: Will theyforce a government shutdown? Or, worse, will they force the U.S. to default on its obligations?
 “Congressional Republicans have embarke
d on this course despite hearing from economists, as well as from businessleaders and Americans across the country, from across the political spectrum, that a default or a shutdown would bea devastating blow to the economy and hurt the wellbeing of ordin
ary Americans.” 
 
President Obama Honors Lives Lost at Navy Yard
On Monday, President Obamahonored the victims of thetragic events at theWashington Navy Yard.The mass shooting took thelives of 12 civilians andmilitary members. In hisremarks, President Obamaoffered words of consolationto those affected by thetragedy.President Obama said:
 “It’s a shooting that targeted
our military and civilianpersonnel. These are menand women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of 
us. They’re patriots, and they know the
dangers of serving abroad -- but today, they faced unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here athome.
 “
So we offer our gratitude to the Navy and local law enforcement, federal authorities, and the
doctors who’ve
responded with skill and bravery.
I’ve made it clear to my team that I want the investigation to be seamless, so that
federal and local authorities are working together. And as this investigation moves forward, we will do everything inour power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible.
 “In the meantime, we send our thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been touched by this
tragedy. We thank them for their service. We stand with the
families of those who’ve been harmed.
 
They’re going
to need our love and support. And as we learn more about the courageous Americans who died today -- their lives,their families, their patriotism -- we will honor their service to the nation they helped to make great. And obviously,we're going to be investigating thoroughly what happened, as we do so many of these shootings, sadly, that havehappened, and do everything that we can to try to prevent them.
” 
 
Watch President Obama’s remarks 

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