Transcript: Press briefing remarks by Rep. Xavier Becerra on the government shutdown & debt ceiling – Oct. 8, 2013

Partial transcript of press briefing remarks by Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) on the government shutdown and debt ceiling on Oct. 8, 2013:

…We’re waiting to re-open government. This weekend, we had a vote on legislation that passed unanimously where Republicans said they were willing to pay our 800,000 furloughed workers’ – federal furloughed workers – salaries but not let them go to work. And so once again, we see the absurdity of this government shutdown by our Republican colleagues where they say we should not pass a funding bill for our governmental operations but yet we should pay those workers who are waiting to go back to work. But that’s where we are.

Other news today, well, we saw from the reports on Gallup that we have now experienced, in the last week of this government shutdown – Republican government shutdown – the largest drop in Americans’ confidence in their economy. And if our Republican colleagues don’t think this is serious – shutting down the government intentionally so they can get their way on items that have nothing to do with budget policy – then they should take a look at what the American people are saying. They’re telling us that they have very little confidence that this Republican Congress will allow the economy to continue to improve.

We should be talking about strengthening the economy and building a stronger middle-class. Instead, we are trying to figure out why Republicans won’t let us have a vote on re-opening our government so some 800,000 of our American workers can go back to work.

Now, we keep saying that we are ready to vote. Let us vote. Let America work. But for whatever reason, Republican Speaker John Boehner and our Republican colleagues have refused to allow all 433 of us a chance to vote on the floor of the House of Representatives to re-open our government.

And it is now not one, not two, not three, but six to eight independent news organizations which have verified that there are enough votes today in the House of Representatives to re-open our government. But yet, Republican Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow members of Congress to exercise their obligation and to vote to open this government.

Our House Republican colleagues have continued to refuse to negotiate with House Democrats to re-open this government. We have since April been trying to get Republicans to sit down with us to negotiate on a budget and they have continued to refuse to even sit down at a conference table to have a conversation. Now, when government is closed they’re saying they want to negotiate. The time was six months ago and before, and we’re asking our Republican colleagues to accept yes for an answer because we’re willing to take their budget number to re-open the government.

And we know there are sufficient Republican colleagues that would join with Democrats in the House of Representatives to re-open our government.

So not only is this serious as the drop in…consumer confidence has proven, but this is also absurd as the Republican vote to let people get paid for not coming to work has shown.

So we hope that finally there will be some sanity that prevails in the House of Representatives and Republican Speaker John Boehner will for once allow Republicans and Democrats alike to vote on a clean budget that will allow the U.S. government to get back to work.

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