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Republicans are driving America’s middle class off a cliff – risking government shutdown and economic collapse in order to protect the ultra-wealthy, insurance company profits and corporate special interests.
- Republicans are voting to shut down the government if they can’t make insurance companies richer by letting them have free rein to raise rates and take away protections that keep families from getting sick.
- There are commonsense solutions that can cut our deficit if we end tax breaks for millionaires and taxpayer subsidies for big corporations – but this Republican Congress refuses to ask millionaires and big corporations to pay their fair share, demanding that millions of middle class families face higher health care costs and fewer benefits instead.
Even business-oriented conservatives and Republican leaders know this is bad policy and bad politics. A recent CNN poll found that if there were a government shutdown, 51 percent of Americans would blame Republicans while just 33 percent would blame the President.
- The conservative Wall Street Journal Editorial Board compared the plan to “threaten(ing) to crash their Zeros into the aircraft carrier of ObamaCare” and a “kamikaze mission” that “rarely turns out well, least of all for the pilots.”
- The United States Chamber of Commerce criticized the plan and Karl Rove, former advisor to President George W. Bush, wrote that this strategy is an “ill-conceived tactic” and “means we’ll get” a government shutdown.
- Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former NRCC Chairman Tom Cole, Senator John McCain, WI Governor Scott Walker and others, have spoken out against the Republican approach.
If Republicans succeed at forcing a government shutdown, Members of Congress would still get paid, but:
- Social Security benefits for seniors who depend on them could be delayed
- Troops in harm’s way would not get paid
- Returning veterans wouldn’t get the benefits they’re owed
Americans want Congress to listen to people of the other party and work with those they disagree with – but Republicans have taken an ideological, my-way-or-the-highway approach to get their demands.
- The House Republican leaders have given the keys to their Majority over to the Tea Party extremists. Speaker Boehner is more interested in keeping his gavel than keeping the economy running.
- Congressional Republicans are so focused on undermining the President and his agenda to boost the economy that they are willing to risk harming the economy and squeezing the middle class.
If Republicans can’t succeed at shutting down government, their next target is to shut down the economy and force the country to default on its debts.
- Republicans are threatening an economic crisis that would be worse than the stock market crash 5 years ago, and they want the middle class to pay the price.
- Republicans won’t pay the bills they’ve already racked up and want middle class families to pay the costs in higher Medicare bills, higher health care premiums and higher interest rates.
Social Security Benefit Payments Could be Delayed. “But the White House has warned there could be possible delays, and if the last shutdown in 1996 is any indication seniors should be ready for them […] In 1996, the Social Security Administration, unable to keep employees because of lack of funding, had to delay processing and payment of new entitlement claims. There was no one to answer phones at Social Security offices and the agency had to eventually request money to bring back some of the furloughed employees.” [ABC, 2/28/11]
American Troops Would Not Get Paid. “The 27-year-old mother of four is ‘furious’ that parts of the federal government could shut down tomorrow if Congress cannot agree on a budget. If that happens, paychecks for military workers could be delayed indefinitely. Troops are guaranteed back-pay, but not knowing when they’ll receive a check could put some military families in financial crisis […] All troops and certain civilian workers would not be paid during a shutdown, but would still be required to work because of national security operations. Many military families say they weren’t even aware that this was a possibility.” [CNN, 4/08/11]
- Politico: “Shutdown would delay military pay” [Politico, 9/20/13]
Veterans Affairs May Not Process New GI Bill Claims, Processing of Current Benefit Claims Could Happen on Reduced Schedule. “The Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to pay benefits to veterans who are already entitled to them, but won’t process any new claims for the GI Bill during a government shutdown […] With the exception of the new GI Bill claims, the VA says processing of claims for benefits with [sic] continue, but probably on a reduced schedule.” [Stars & Stripes, 4/07/11]
Some Civilian Defense Workers Would Not Get Paid, And May Not Receive Back Pay. “While troops and civilian workers would not be paid during an extended shutdown, all troops and certain civilians will still have to work, as part of national security operations. The troops are guaranteed back pay if they miss any checks. The civilians’ back pay depends on congressional authorization.” CBS reported, “And a number of Pentagon civilians, State Department officials and USAID staff would likely be furloughed.” [CNN, 4/05/11; CBS, 4/06/11]
Families Would Have a Tougher Time Getting Mortgage Loans. “The shutdown could also make it harder for lower-income families to get mortgage loans because the Federal Housing Administration would suspend its guarantee program. The F.H.A. guaranteed about 21 percent of new mortgage loans in 2010, federal data shows.” [New York Times, 4/07/11]
Last Shutdown Delayed ATF Applications, Recruitment of Law Enforcement Officials, Processing of Delinquent Child-Support Cases. “Delays occurred in the processing of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives applications by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; work on more than 3,500 bankruptcy cases reportedly was suspended; cancellation of the recruitment and testing of federal law enforcement officials reportedly occurred, including the hiring of 400 border patrol agents; and delinquent child-support cases were delayed.” [Congressional Research Service, 2/18/11]
In the 1990s, Government Shutdown Cost Taxpayers $1.25 Billion. “The Office of Management and Budget estimated early in 1996 that the first of two government shutdowns- for six days in November 1995- cost taxpayers an estimated $100 million per day. The final price tag for that closing and the record three-week shutdown later that year- including back pay to workers who did not go to work over that time: Over $1.25 billion. Other shutdowns have been costly too. According to the Government Accountability Office, a funding gap of just three days in 1991 rang up a $607 million bill, including $363 million in lost revenue and fees.” [NBC, 2/24/11]
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