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.
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