With just hours left to work out an agreement or face the first shut down of the federal government in nearly two decades, things got heated on the House floor, this evening.
As we’ve told you, we’re watching a legislative game of tennis on Capitol Hill this evening. Republicans — intent on killing Obamacare — are inserting language to do so in the bill that funds government operations. And Democrats have said they will not negotiate.
If you want to catch up on the rhetoric — and on the political theater of it all — there are two speeches you should not miss. That of Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, and that of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, from Maryland.
We’ve pulled audio of both of them:
“This is an issue of fairness. How can we give waivers and breaks to all the big union guys out there, how can we give a break to the all the businesses out there and yet stick our constituents with a bill that they don’t want and a bill they can’t afford. That’s what this fight is all about.”
“Tonight is about the continuing destructive obsession that our Republican friends have and their refusal to recognize that there was an election just months ago. And you made the argument to the American people and they rejected that argument and reelected President Obama. And you have not gotten over that to this minute and as a result you’re about to shutdown the government. You can get up here and say over and over and over and over and over again, we don’t want to shut down the government but your actions… Mr. Speaker, their actions belie their words.
“Let democracy work. Don’t be dictating to Americans that they’re going to shutdown the government. Let’s vote on it.”