"So they don't care. So what if it impacts hundreds of millions of Americans in their daily lives with their credit cards, with their car purchases?"
DeFazio spoke on the first morning of the government shutdown, which saw members of both parties come to the floor to blame each other for failing to compromise. DeFazio blamed far-right conservatives for taking over the Republican Party.
"They've taken the country, the government hostage," he said. "This is disruptive, it's expensive, it's inconvenient for a lot of Americans who need to access these agencies."
Republicans argued that the shutdown happened because Senate Democrats rejected all GOP attempts to compromise around the issue of paring back ObamaCare. Several Republicans said Democrats are the ones who wanted a shutdown.
"Harry thinks that he will have an advantage by shutting down the government, that they will blame those in the House," said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), speaking of Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidRyan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare Keith Ellison picks ex-DNC Latino as press secretary MORE (D-Nev.).
"I want to ask you Mr. Reid, how can you blame someone who has sent you four different proposals, and the best you can do is just say 'no response,' " he asked.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) acknowledged that Republicans used the continuing spending resolution to push for ObamaCare changes on Monday in an effort to stop implementation of the law today. Oct. 1 marks the first day people can sign up for insurance plans under local health insurance exchanges.
"Why did we do it now?" Davis asked. "Because today is the day that the ObamaCare exchanges open ... our opportunity to fix the problems that even many on the other side of the aisle see."
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