You have surely seen the media, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, President Obama, and the ruling elite in Washington try to pin the blame for a government shut down on the Tea Party. These allegations simply aren't true. You can see the timeline of events below. The evidence clearly shows that this shut down belongs to Harry Reid and the fact that the Senate Democrats are relentlessly refusing to compromise.
For now, our work is still not done. Pressure is already mounting on the Republicans in the House to cave and give Barack Obama and Harry Reid everything they want. Even though just the other day the President acknowledged that no one gets 100% of what they want.
Harry Reid even had the nerve today to continue to call the Tea Party anarchists on the floor of the Senate. He then went on to try to lecture us about the proper budget process of the Federal Government. This is after he failed to pass a budget in the Senate for 4 years!
Patriots, this fight isn't over. The fight has just begun. We must continue to demand that the House stand strong and do whatever they can to stop Obamacare. We also need to send a strong message to Senate Democrats that it is time they stop playing games and listen to the will of the American people. Obamacare is destroying jobs, forcing people to lose hours, lose insurance, lose their doctors, and none of the Senate Democrats seem to care.
Call Your Senators and Representative today and tell them to start listening. Obamacare isn't good enough for big business, big labor, or Congress, so it isn't good enough for the American people! Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Time Line of Continuing Resolution Debate: Friday, 9/20/13 - The House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution that would fully fund the government (including things that Republicans don't like) while at the same time defunding Obamacare. Result: House Republicans compromised on spending that we'd like to see cut in exchange for defunding Obamacare.
Friday, 9/27/13 - The Senate stripped the defunding language out of the House passed Continuing Resolution and sent it back to the House. Result: Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refused to compromise.
Saturday, 9/28/13 - The House of Representatives added two amendments to the Senate revised Continuing Resolution to delay Obamacare for one year (far from what we were originally willing to agree to) and repeal the medical device tax. Result: House Republicans compromised away from defunding to delaying Obamacare for one year.
Monday, 9/30/13 - The Senate stripped the two amendments from the House passed Continuing Resolution and sent it back to the House. Result: Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refuse to compromise one inch on Obamacare.
Monday, 9/30/13 - The House of Representatives responded by adding language to the Continuing Resolution to delay the individual mandate for a year and to take away the health care subsidies Members of Congress and their staffs received from the Office of Personnel Management ruling earlier this year. Result: House Republicans compromised away from delaying Obamacare for one year to delaying the individual mandate for a year and requiring that Congress live under Obamacare just like the rest of the American people.
Monday, 9/30/13 - The Senate voted to table the House passed continuing resolution. Result: Harry Reid and Senate Democrats refused to compromise.
Monday, 9/30/13 - The House appointed conferees and sent a message to the Senate requesting a conference meeting to resolve their differences. Result: House Republicans were still willing to compromise and reach a solution.
Tuesday, 10/1/13 - Midnight - No Deal is reach and a temporary shut down begins.
Tuesday, 10/1/13 - The Senate votes to table the House's request for a conference to resolve differences. Result: Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats refused to compromise.
-Tea Party Patriots National Support Team
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