October 10, 2013

“Every one of you here, everyone of you here represents 100,000 who are not here.

October 9, 2013

“I want to say that the President emphasized over and over again what we also share, and that is he is willing to talk about all of the issues that our Republican colleagues want to talk about and try to come to agreement. 

October 9, 2013

“The previous speaker said that the shutdown should be unacceptable. I agree with that. And we could all, within the next half an hour, vote to make the unacceptable not the policy that we are pursuing.

October 8, 2013

“Now I rise in opposition to this bill that’s been put on the Floor, which is another way to distract from the business at hand: opening up our government. And eight days from now, our government will be in a position for the first time in history where we won’t be able to pay our bills.

October 7, 2013

"[Republicans] are playing chicken with the credit and reputation of the United States of America." 

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