Transcript: Rep. Joe Crowley’s press briefing remarks on the debt ceiling & government shutdown – Oct. 15, 2013

Partial transcript of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-New York) press briefing remarks on the debt ceiling and government shutdown on Oct. 15, 2013:

It’s remarkable that we’re here today on the cusp of defaulting on the U.S.’s debts.

A number of words come to mind when analyzing the most recent Republican legislation. Irresponsible is one word. Reckless is another.

In an attempt to torpedo what appears to be a reasonable solution or response that is being worked out by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.

I said before and I’ll say it again, the American expect their Congress to produce a budget and to pay the U.S.’s bills on time. We are still having a government that is shut down and we’re on the cusp of reneging on the latter. That is unacceptable to the American people and to the world at this point.

The damage has already been done to the reputation of the U.S. in terms of our abilities to pay our debts. We cannot let down the American people. We cannot let down – the Republican Congress cannot let down – the world at this point. There’s a great deal on their shoulders but it’s time for reasonable men and women on Republican side of the aisle in the House of Representatives to step forward and tell the Speaker that regardless of the small minority in their party – maybe those who are enabling that small minority – it’s time to push them aside and to do what is right and just for the American people and for the world, and that is to pass a bill to extend our debt ceiling and to get government open and operating again.

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