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April 8, 2011

...It's been self-evident for some period of time now, that this issue was not over dollars. We made substantial cuts in spending. We know we need to make cuts. We need to effect efficiencies and bring this deficit under control. the fact is this has not been about dollars. It's about social policy. it's been about, in particular, as you pointed out, women's health issues. and very frankly, it's a shame that we've come to the brink of shutting down the federal government over maintaining women's health...

April 8, 2011

“Henry Clay, one of the first Speakers of this House from the state of Kentucky, said ‘if you can't compromise, you cannot govern.’ That's why we are on the brink of shutting down government...

April 8, 2011

No deal yet unfortunately. We have a history, a pattern of the Republicans taking control and shutting down the government as they did in 1995. It hasn't happened since then, even when we had disagreements when George Bush and the Democratic Congress. It's not an alternative we ought to be taking. I think we're very close. We have come 70% of the way in terms of dollars. That's a long way to go in terms of trying to reach compromise. now as the President and Harry Reid pointed out, there are social issues which the republicans are holding hostage the government...

April 8, 2011

...shutting down the government will have a very negative effect on the economy. Millions of people throughout the country as well as our federal employees and the services they perform. So it's not a good thing to do. Unfortunately, we've seen this scenario played out before in 1995...

April 8, 2011

...It's going to take some willingness on the other side to give a little bit. We have given 70% towards the dollars they wanted to reduce, and they have not given an inch on the policies that they want included, as Governor Daniels pointed out from Indiana, candidate for president for the republican side of the aisle, he said, look, make an agreement on numbers, let's get that stabilized first, leave the social issues to other bills, that's what we ought to do...

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