Lots of post-shutdown yak on this Tuesday morning:
• “Tonight I voted once again to avert a government shutdown and delay ObamaCare’s individual mandate for one year.” — Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a Republican from Harrisonville.
Let’s be clear: In voting for a bill that contained a delay to the individual mandate, Hartzler knew she was voting for a measure Democrats couldn’t stomach. Likewise, in rejecting bills with changes to Obamacare, Democrats were risking the possibility of a shutdown. This is a bipartisan leadership failure. Nothing more, nothing less. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill never would have allowed this to happen.
• “One faction of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election.” — President Obama on Monday afternoon.
More blame. Again, this doesn’t happen under Reagan-O’Neill.
• “They’ve lost their minds. They keep trying to do the same thing over and over again.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on the Republicans.
Ridicule isn’t working, senator.
• “As you know they (the Democratic-led Senate) took a long weekend in the midst of a government shutdown, while members of the House were here working. They are trying to run the clock out.” — Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Republican from Topeka, on Bloomberg TV putting the blame squarely on the Democrats.
The roots of this D.C. breakdown run far deeper than anything that happened over the past 72 hours.
• “The financial well-being and readiness of those serving our country must not suffer due to gridlock on Capitol Hill.” — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, a Republican.
The House and Senate did agree to one thing Monday. A bill ensuring that members of the military are paid in the event of a government shutdown passed. Moran had sponsored a similar bill in recent days.