Do they really want to shut down the government because they don’t want scientists to make sure we can all breathe clean air?

This is an extreme agenda that has no place in this bill. This is a budget.

This is a bill to keep the country running. It’s not a women’s health bill. It’s not an environmental bill.

We will not solve in one night disagreements this country has been having for 40 years. That is not realistic. Right now, we have to be realistic.

While the Tea Party cheers for a shutdown – and I mean that literally – we will keep trying to reach an agreement.

We have been reasonable. We care about the people a shutdown would hurt. We won’t stop working to avoid a shutdown.

But we can’t do it alone. We have one day left. This isn’t the time – and we don’t have the time – to fight over the Tea Party’s extreme social agenda.

This is the time to come together to keep the country running.