By Julian Pecquet - 09/29/13 02:08 PM EDT
House Republicans' fourth-ranking member put the blame for the looming government shutdown squarely on Senate Democrats Sunday.
“This is unacceptable that [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] has said, 'Oh, we're not even going to come back today,'" McMorris Rodgers told CNN's "State of the Union." “Oct. 1 is right around the corner. Why isn't the Senate here?”
Senate Democrats and President Obama have said the healthcare law delay is unacceptable, all but ensuring a government shutdown starting Tuesday.
McMorris Rodgers said Republicans have a duty to delay the law, arguing that it's not ready for prime time and that people are “panicked.” She refused to get trapped into saying whether delaying the law is worth a shutdown, however, sticking to the GOP line that Senate Democrats “are the ones threatening a shutdown.”
“They need to have this debate in the Senate,” she said. “People are panicked in this country over higher premiums, lack of access.
“It's really up to the Senate. The Senate needs to act. They need to act quickly.”