Stop The Spin And Fund The Government

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mr. Fleischman, DeJarlais, Graves,

Please stop the spin. you are not fooling anyone. America knows who shut down the government.....the Republicans and the Tea Party.  Apparently, you have more loyalty to the Tea Party and Ted Cruz than you do to your constituents and our country.

All you had to do was pass a clean resolution to fund the government and pay the bills that you have already authorized.  That is what you were sent there for..that is your job.  There was absolutely no reason to attach an amendment to defund the Affordable Care Act.  It has nothing to do with funding the government.

Republicans refused 18 requests over the last six months to meet prior to this shutdown to hash out budget issues but refused and as the shutdown was about to happen, accused the Democratic majority of refusing to go to conference to negotiate.  You should not be negotiating to pay our bills, that has nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act, which is law, not a matter of negotiation. What you are doing is extortion.  This is like taking hostages and then blaming the hostages. 

And the nerve of some of those same Tea Party members as well as as the director of the NRC to stand in front of the WW2 memorial and blame others for the shutdown is the height of hypocrisy.

Again, please stop the spin and do your job and fund our government. 

John Fricke
Chattanooga



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