Transcript: Sen. Patty Murray’s remarks on the continuing resolution to avert government shutdown – Sept. 30, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on a “clean” continuing resolution to avert government shutdown. The press briefing was held on Sept. 30, 2013:

Well, a lot of people are watching the House of Representatives right now and they’re asking the same things all of us are: What are they thinking? And why would they hurt their own constituents simply to make a point?

We are hours away from a completely unnecessary government shutdown that is going to hurt our families and our communities and threaten our fragile economic recovery. It doesn’t have to happen. The path forward should not be difficult.

The Senate has passed a very short-term bill that will keep the government open at the current spending levels with no changes in policy while we continue to work on a long-term budget deal.

Now, I have spent 6 months working to get Republicans in a room to negotiate that budget deal and avoid this crisis.

But at this point, the absolute bare minimum that Congress should be able to do – the very least we owe our constituents is to not actively hurt them and sabotage our economy. And that is exactly what the House Republicans are doing by playing political games with this short-term spending bill.

We in the Senate made it very clear. We will not allow the Tea Party to take the government hostage to put the insurance companies back in charge of our health care system. It’s just not going to happen.

And families across the country whether they support the health care law or not are really getting sick and tired of the Tea Party pushing us from one crisis to the next to the next to fight a battle that’s already over.

I know Speaker [John] Boehner is very concerned about what the Tea Party thinks of him. But I urge him to do the right thing. Put the Senate bill up for a vote in the House. Let it pass. And then join us at the table so we can work towards a longer-term deal and end these constant crises. There’s still time for the House to act to avoid this shutdown.

We’re hearing more and more from Republicans who agree with us that the only responsible path forward is a clean CR. I hope that Speaker Boehner is listening. Bring the Senate bill up and pass it.

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