Murphy: Tea Party stuck ‘a knife into the backs’ of US families

The government has been shutdown for more than two weeks, and lawmakers are also fighting an Oct. 17 deadline for when the U.S. can no longer borrow money. Murphy said this was a “big deal” because the U.S. is still recovering from the 2008 recession.

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Republicans have demanded concessions from Democrats on ObamaCare and sequestration spending levels. Democrats have agreed to short-term solution with sequester-levels, but have not given into demands that delay or repeal parts of ObamaCare.

“We’re here because Tea Party Republicans in the House see this misery as a bargaining chip,” Murphy said.

Senate leaders have negotiated a deal that would end the shutdown, fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until February. But House Republicans met Tuesday morning to discuss the deal and announced it would make modifications. Democrats quickly rejected the House plan.