Obama holds firm on budget, calls on House Republicans to "stop this farce"
October 5th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama holds firm on budget, calls on House Republicans to "stop this farce"

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In his weekly address President Obama criticized Republicans for holding the U.S. democracy and economy "hostage." The President had strong words for House Republicans, who he is calling on to pass a budget to stop the government shutdown.

"Take that vote. Stop this farce. End this shutdown now," Obama said.

Obama also highlighted letters from constituents describing how the government shutdown is affecting the day-to-day lives of American citizens.

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A woman in rural Alabama wrote about her concern for working families now that the shutdown has forced the local Head Start agency to stop providing services.

"There are parents who work and who attend school," she wrote. "Where are they leaving their children? Is it a safe environment? Are [they] getting the food that they receive at their Head Start program?"

But Obama also acknowledged that House Speaker John Boehner faces a GOP conference divided on what kinds of demands should be attached to legislation ending the shutdown.

Obama claims "the far right of the Republican Party won't let Speaker John Boehner give that bill a yes-or-no vote."

The message out of the White House all week has been one of non-negotiation, with Obama determined that Republicans approve a spending bill with no language that limits the Affordable Care Act.

Obama argued that although he is willing to work with either party when it comes to the financial health of the country, he will not budge when it comes to Obamacare.

"The American people don't get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their job. Neither does Congress. They don't get to hold our democracy or our economy hostage over a settled law. They don't get to kick a child out of Head Start if I don't agree to take her parents' health insurance away. That's not how our democracy is supposed to work."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    It's not a farce it's blackmail, treason and extortion. Last time I checked its also against the law and the teatards should all be in jail along faith the. Anaximander bin laden night other teatard from Texas who says in the shadows like the coward most of them are.

    October 5, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    That should read the Canadian terrorist.

    October 5, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Edy Banks

    The so call founding fathers had no clue as to what would be going on in the years of 2000. So now people welcome too the real world where money and greed is the order of the day. Now blame that on Obama!!!

    October 5, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Bobby Dias

    It was so hot in my hometown in California that Obama used Air Force One to take another vacation to have his favorite dish: Republican Sidewalk Fried.

    October 5, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. randy jurgensen

    Mr. President
    it is know clear, that the U.S goverment has a terrorist group operarting from with-in its walls,at there leisure and at expense of the american people! I am speaking of the" TEA PARTY MOVEMENT" i would like to respectfully demand that legal action be taken, in the arrest and charges be broug
    ht against all the members invovled in the terrorist attack on our country,i believe them to be a danger and real threat to our nation and our citizens! The irrational behavior,theres a rage with those people. You have a tough job, and i still believe in you.
    Sincerely,Randy Jurgensen

    October 5, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. boungiorno

    a solar energy scam

    October 5, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. Maripil

    President Obama is right that republicans are holding the Americans hostage! The tea party is a fraud along with Boehner and company. They refuse to a compromise and will shutdown the government for as long as it takes after all they will still get paid! Republicans should be booted out in 2014!!

    October 6, 2013 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  8. Maripil

    The tea party is not concerned of the outcome of their actions of shutting down the government! After all their seats in congress are safe as the districts they represent we're gerrymandered in 2010. So they will stretch the shutdown for as long as it takes! They are fools and idiots!

    October 6, 2013 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  9. Maripil

    Only imbeciles vote for the tea party. Boehner is no different from this types!

    October 6, 2013 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  10. don in albuquerque

    You cannot unspoil spoiled brats. They can only be punished. That is what we intend to do in 2014 when large numbers of the GOTP will be sent packing. But just as with the Clinton shutdown, will they learn anything from it? Probably not.

    October 6, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. commonsensewillprevail

    Ronald Reagan made the debt a campaign issue in his presidential run in 1980. National debt nearly tripled during his presidency.

    The former Democratic Presidents (Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and Harry S. Truman) all reduced public debt as a share of GDP while the last four Republican Presidents (George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald Ford) all added to the national debt W by himself added 10 trillion due to Medicare Part D, two tax cuts, and two expensive wars. All of these were not budgeted or paid for. They 'just did it". Don't blame O for trying to clean up the mess. And don't shutdown the government or hold hostage the debt ceiling for the mess you created.

    October 6, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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