Texas Senator: Dems playing politics with shutdown
October 01, 2013, 11:10 am by Staff Report
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) criticized President Obama and Senate Democrats on the Senate floor Tuesday for choosing to let the government shut down for political purposes, when Congress has the ability to act on Obamacare and keep the government open.
His full speech can be seen here, and excerpts of his remarks are below:
"The most amazing thing that I heard today is, the Majority Leader said that Obamacare is sacrosanct. It's the law of the land you can't touch it. Well over the last three years, the Obama Administration has repeatedly and unilaterally issued waivers, granted exemptions and announced delays relating to this sacrosanct law known as Obamacare.
"And since when is it beyond the power of the United States Congress to change existing law by amending it or repealing it or defunding it? It's absolutely unprecedented to have a Majority Leader of the United States Senate, someone who knows this institution as well as anyone, to say that Congress is powerless to act when our constituents tell us they want us to act, because they don't believe Obamacare will perform as advertised.
"Members of Congress should not be treated differently, certainly no better, than the rest of America when it comes to the law of the land. So those who cast that vote, who walked that plank last night, will be held accountable in the 2014 election.
"The president wanted to demonstrate some leadership. He should demonstrate some leadership. People expect leadership out of the President of the United States. But Harry Reid shut it down. And so Harry Reid shut down the government and got what he wanted. I think it's about time that the president overrule Harry Reid.”
Senator Cornyn serves on the Finance and Judiciary Committees. He serves as the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee's Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee. He served previously as Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge.
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