As the U.S. government officially enters 5th day of government shutdown, President Obama calls out Republicans in an attempt to get them to cooperate with the Democrats. As of now, there does not seem to be any signs of an impasse or a resolution to the ongoing crisis for that matter.
In fact, the current vote count is 407 to 0 “to pass a measure to retroactively pay hundreds of workers their pending paychecks.”
During his weekly radio/ video address on Saturday, Obama laid it out in a blunt fashion, “Take that vote. Stop this farce. End the shutdown now!” According to the President of the United States, the Republican and Democrats need to come to an agreement immediately, but members of the opposing party believe that “Obama seems to be unwilling to actually sit down and talk about a solution.”
The number two Republican in the House: Eric Cantor said recently, “It does not make any sense if the President has an axe to grind with the opposing party; why he would want to put the (common) American people in the middle of that?”
During the ongoing situation, the government has nearly shut down all operations, except for the ones that are nearly essential. Most of these operations ceased to function immediately when there was no sign of financial approval from the Republican lawmakers. Healthcare policies, insurance packages, daily office activities; everything has taken an impact.
The President said that, “there, already, are enough Republicans and Democrats to help us all end the shutdown immediately. However, the far right of the Republican party won’t let Speaker John Boehner give that bill a YES or NO vote.”
In addition to that statement, Obama also refused to pay “ransom” in exchange for “re opening the govt.” He is of the view that by doing so, the debt ceiling will go up in near future. On the same note, President Obama’s statements contradict his actions because he is refusing to negotiate with Republicans over pending issues, not until a bill of some sort is passed to open the government.
“For as reckless as a government shutdown is, an economic shutdown that comes with default would be dramatically worse,” Obama said.
Meanwhile, in response to President’s statements, Boehner said, “All we’re asking for is to sit down and have a discussion, reopen the government and bring fairness to the American people under ‘Obamacare’.”