"You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your
Said President Obama in the White House briefing room Monday
night, Sept. 30, as the clock ticked to midnight.
"People may disagree about the Affordable Care Act, but it
is wrong for right-wing Republicans to ignore the results of the
last election and hold the American people hostage by threatening
to shut down the government unless they get their way… We should
not be threatening to withhold pay for members of the military, the
FBI or cancer researchers. We should not be shutting down Head
Start centers, denying food to fragile seniors or delaying
applications for Social Security and veterans'
Said Sen. Bernie Sanders, Monday Sept. 30, after the Senate
rejected a House maneuver to delay implementation of the Affordable
Care Act and let employers deny health care for women as a
condition for keeping the government open in a new fiscal year that
begins on Tuesday.
"What happens now depends on whether House Speaker John
Boehner surrenders to his right-wing extremists or whether he's
prepared to work with Democrats and moderate Republicans to
continue funding the government,"
"It does cast a very significant pall over America's
credibility with our allies when this kind of thing happens. It's
nonsensical. It's needless. It didn't have to
Said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Tuesday morning, from
Seoul, South Korea. (President Obama signed legislation late Monday
night ensuring that uniformed members of the military will get paid
during the shutdown.)