Graves Says Harry Reid Is One Who Wants Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.-14) issued the following statement after he said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats rejected an offer from House Republicans to go to a formal conference and negotiate an end to the government shutdown:

“If there was any question about who wants a government shutdown, Harry Reid answered it this morning when he rejected our offer to open formal negotiations on the government funding bill. Over the last several weeks, Harry Reid has proven to be a skillful political hit man and name caller. He never misses a chance to inject venom into the legislative process. However, he went further than anyone expected today when he rejected our offer to negotiate. From here on out, every minute of this government shutdown is owned solely by Harry Reid.”

At 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Speaker Boehner announced that Rep. Graves would be one of eight House Republican conferees in a formal conference with the Senate on government funding legislation. Then, at roughly 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Senator Reid and Senate Democrats voted against opening those negotiations with House Republicans.


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