Government Shutdown Pain Spreads


7 Ways the GOP Shutdown is Hurting Americans

House Republican leaders are at the White House right now presenting their plan to give the nation a six-week reprieve from certain economic doom by agreeing that Congress will pay the nation’s bills through November 22.

We’re glad the Republicans recognize that we absolutely cannot risk an economic shutdown by defaulting on our obligations. As President Obama and Democrats have made clear and continue to make clear, it is non-negotiable for Congress to pay the bills Congress itself has already racked up.

Nevertheless, House Republicans are still insisting on prolonging another crisis – the government shutdown – for absolutely no reason. Republicans started this government shutdown in a failed attempt to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans but it should not go on a minute longer, whether it’s over Obamacare, hurt feelings, or any other reason.

Here are seven stories of the pain that is rippling across America thanks to the GOP shutdown:

BOTTOM LINE: Enough is enough. The longer the GOP keeps the government closed, the more Americans and our economy will suffer. It’s time for Speaker Boehner to allow a vote on a clean funding bill to end this shutdown crisis and re-open the entire government.

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The False Equivalency Reporting

Tired of the false equivalency reporting about the government shutdown and looming sovereign debt crisis? So are we. Here are just some of the worst examples of this type of reporting:
Related: Time‘s entertainment writer James Poniewozik explains succinctly why false equivalence matters during this crisis: While her colleagues honestly report on the severe consequences of default, CNN’s Erin Burnett pushes the GOP line:

Even 60 Minutes Fell For This

It was disappointing when NPR fell for a right-wing attack on the Social Security disability program. Now, even the venerable 60 Minutes has fallen for it — causing disability rights groups to condemn the report. Hannah Groch-Begley explains:
Related: As expected, Fox News pounced on this immediately, without noting the falling number of such claims:

Fox Changes Its Tune

Fox News pushed Republicans to shut down the government, with Sean Hannity even telling them to “hold the line.” But now that the shutdown is unpopular, Hannity is trying to shift blame to President Obama:
Related: “I want to punish these people.” That’s how Fox’s Stuart Varney talks about federal employees currently furloughed. Laura Ingraham joined in, saying that she is “just beginning to enjoy” the shutdown because of how it is punishing federal employees:




Yes, Fox News actually pushed a satirical story that Barack Obama was personally funding a Muslim museum during the government shutdown:


Fox News had Zeeda Andrews on to promote her truck rally in DC. Fox didn’t mention that she believes Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden are the same person:


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the Senate considers S.1569,a bill to ensure the complete and timely CR payment ~~ CONGRESS 10/11 ~~ the House considers H.R. 2642 relating to crop insurance.”


The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Friday, October 11, 2013.

Following the prayer and pledge, it is expected the Majority Leader will renew his motion to proceed to S.1569, a bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will recess subject to the call of the Chair to allow for a Republican special caucus with the President.

During Thursday’s session of the Senate, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to S.1569.  Unless an agreement can be reached, that cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday.

After the Senate convened this morning, Senator Reid renewed his motion to proceed to S.1569, Default Prevention Act of 2013 (extends debt limit until December 31, 2014). As a reminder, yesterday he filed cloture on the motion to proceed. Barring an agreement, that cloture vote will occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Saturday.

 The Senate stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair in order to allow Senate Republicans to meet with President Obama at the White House.

The Senate has reconvened and is debating the motion to proceed to S.1569, the Default Prevention Act of 2013 (debt limit through December 31, 2014). Senators are permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

At 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 12, there will be a cloture vote on the motion to proceed to S.1569, Default Prevention Act of 2013 (debt limit through December 31, 2014).





Began the Rule 14 process of H.J.Res.79, Border Security and Enforcement Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014.



Last Floor Action:
9:03:04 A.M. – ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches, which by direction of the Chair would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.