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USA: Republican "glee" at shutdown troubles Rangel00:46

USA: Republican "glee" at shutdown troubles Rangel

United States, Washington D.C
October 1, 2013 at 20:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Republican "glee" at shutdown troubles Rangel

Congressional Republicans asking for a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as 'Obamacare', as a condition for talks on ending the first government shutdown in almost 20 years are doing so, simply because they don't like the law, Representative Charles Rangel (Democrat-New York) said Tuesday in Washington D.C.

He said: "Common sense will dictate that what the Republicans are asking for is a repeal of a law that they don't like. But I've been here over 40 years. I never heard of repealing a law by closing down the government. So what they're asking for they can't get. If they want to say 'well, we'll get you later' or get a compromise that, say, that's going to go back to the Congress to take a look at to see what's working, what's not working, that's what we're in business for. So I just hope that, you know, none of these members that were screaming and laughing in so-called glee because the government was closing down and they so-called won, they're not feeling any pain, they're not feeling any inconvenience. They're ok, Jack."

The US government shut down at midnight Tuesday for the first time since 1996. All services deemed "non-essential" by the Anti-deficiency Act, such as operating national parks, have been suspended until Congress agrees to a new spending bill.

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USA: Republican "glee" at shutdown troubles Rangel

Congressional Republicans asking for a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as 'Obamacare', as a condition for talks on ending the first government shutdown in almost 20 years are doing so, simply because they don't like the law, Representative Charles Rangel (Democrat-New York) said Tuesday in Washington D.C.

He said: "Common sense will dictate that what the Republicans are asking for is a repeal of a law that they don't like. But I've been here over 40 years. I never heard of repealing a law by closing down the government. So what they're asking for they can't get. If they want to say 'well, we'll get you later' or get a compromise that, say, that's going to go back to the Congress to take a look at to see what's working, what's not working, that's what we're in business for. So I just hope that, you know, none of these members that were screaming and laughing in so-called glee because the government was closing down and they so-called won, they're not feeling any pain, they're not feeling any inconvenience. They're ok, Jack."

The US government shut down at midnight Tuesday for the first time since 1996. All services deemed "non-essential" by the Anti-deficiency Act, such as operating national parks, have been suspended until Congress agrees to a new spending bill.