On September 27, 2013 Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois asked for permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding the government shut down.
What she said reflected a growing sense of frustration with House Republicans who seem dead set on shutting the entire government down to get their way to kill a law, that has already been passed and upheld by the Supreme Court, that is designed to help address the extension of health care coverage to millions of people who would otherwise be unable, within our current system, to afford it.
It obviously makes no sense.
“Mr. Speaker, we stand here today on the brink of a threatened shutdown of the Federal Government -bad enough -and worse, a refusal to pay the bills of the United States of America. These are completely unnecessary, Republican-manufactured crises.”
Hal Rogers, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said: “A government shutdown is a political game in which everyone loses.”
Karl Rove said: “A shutdown now would have much worse fallout than in 1995. It is an ill-conceived tactic, and Republicans should reject it.”
“In a moment of clarity, Senator Mike Lee, one of the Senators holding up the bill in the Senate, said: “Shutdowns are bad; shutdowns are not worth it. This law, ObamaCare, is not worth causing a shutdown over”, said Rep. Schakowsky (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov).
Rep. Jan Schakowsky serves in the House Democratic Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a member of the Steering and Policy Committee. She is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she serves on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Democratic Leader Pelosi appointed her to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she is ranking Democrat on the Oversight Subcommittee.