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Government Shutdown Cap Quotes

"You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job."
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' benefits."
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,"
Sanders continued.



"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 happen."
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.)