Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WATCH: Arizona Reps. Barber and Kirkpatrick On House Floor This Morning; "Supershitstorm Congress" Looms; "Everybody Loses"

Arizona Reps. Ron Barber (D-CD2) and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) were among the 30 House members (15 from each side) to give one-minute speeches this morning on the House floor, as everyone awaits what could be a climactic day in the 15-day old partial government shutdown that is now threatening to become "Supershitstorm Congress" as the nation's debt limit is fast approaching.

First up was Barber, who has been walking a fine line between urging House Republican leadership to pass a "clean" Continuing Resolution and crossing party lines to support some of the GOP's "piecemeal" bills and controversial resolutions:

I have not had the time to transcribe his speech.

Next up was Kirkpatrick, whose office also provided the transcript below the video.

TRANSCRIPT of floor speech:

Mr. Speaker, as we enter a third week of this reckless, irresponsible shutdown, it’s no wonder folks in my Arizona district and across the nation are disgusted.

They see Washington treating this shutdown as a political game.

How far will the House majority push our nation -- just to score political points?

I’ve got news for them: No one wins, everybody loses.

And here’s what an editorial in The Arizona Republic says today about the shutdown:

“When it’s all over, the huge costs will be tallied and the hard work Congress has avoided will remain undone.

“America will join the world in wondering: Is that all there is?

“The only heroes in this tragedy are the Americans who still believe their government can — eventually — do the right thing.”

Mr. Speaker, let’s show the American people that this House is still capable of doing the right thing.

We welcome your comments about this post. Or, if you have something unrelated on your mind, please e-mail to info-at-arizonaspolitics-dot-com or call 602-799-7025. Thanks.

No comments: