President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged House Republicans to “reopen the government,” saying they “don’t get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands” of defunding or dismantling Obamacare.
Second or third or fourth verse, same as the first.
A stalemate in Congress that caused a government shutdown on Tuesday continued with Senate Democrats voting for a fourth time to reject a spending plan by House Republicans that sought to undermine Obamacare.
This time, the House proposal also included a call for a conference committee to seek a compromise, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats turned down the package because it amounted to extortion by Republicans to force concessions on President Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms.
Reid said the Senate wants to negotiate a budget with the House, “but not with the government closed.”