(CNSNews.com) – Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused Senate Democrats of refusing to sit down with House Republicans and work out a compromise on the continuing resolution after the Senate tabled a motion to conference with the House the same day as the federal government shutdown.
“They’ve now said they won’t even sit down and work out differences. They won’t even talk about it. They literally just voted against working out a compromise. They seem completely opposed to negotiation or compromise on a law that’s killing jobs, driving up premiums and driving people out of the health care plans they already have and like. And they don’t even want to talk about it,” McConnell said.
House Republicans want to tie the CR to changes on Obamacare, offering proposals to delay the individual mandate by one year and to prevent Congress and congressional staff from getting government subsidies for Obamacare. Senate Democrats refused. The federal government shut down at midnight Tuesday after Congress failed to come to agreement over a CR, which authorizes federal spending after Sept. 30, when the most recent funding legislation expired.
“Last night, Senate Democrats went so far as to reject legislation that would have kept the government running under just two conditions – just two – that families get the same one year relief as employers and that Congress has to follow the same rules on Obamacare exchanges as their constituents. That’s how extreme the Democratic position is. They won’t even accept basic fairness as a principle under Obamacare,” McConnell said.
McConnell said the Democrats “who shut down the government will yell and point fingers,” and they’ll blame everyone from “the mean old Republicans,” the Tea Party, Fox News “or maybe even George W. Bush.”
“They shut down the government, and now they’re praying the American people will think somebody else is responsible,” said McConnell. He called on Senate Democrats to negotiate with the House for a “reasonable solution” to cancel the shutdown, “because no one wants the shutdown it seems, but our friends on the other side of the aisle.”