Campaign 2010

Aug 28, 2014

34 Days Till Shutdown: Today’s Broken Shutdown Promises

The government runs out of funding in just 34 days and Congress will work just 10 of them.  Even as Congressman Steve King is threatening to force a shutdown, House Republicans seem to be going with a “just trust us” strategy, claiming that they don’t want to shut down the government – but without committing to a specific plan to keep the government open.

Sound familiar?

A year ago, House Republicans promised they would take shutdown o‎ff the table…and we saw how that worked out. The DCCC launched http://shutdownbrokenpromises.com to take a trip down memory lane to see what House Republicans were saying at this point in 2013. The site will be updated each day with promises Republicans made not to shut down the government exactly a year ago. The American people won’t make the mistake again of trusting this Republican Congress to do the right thing and quickly take shutdown off the table, preventing weeks of unnecessary worry and uncertainty. It’s time  for real action, not just empty rhetoric.

Today’s broken promises come from Congressman Steve Scalise and Congressman Tom Latham:

  • Rep. Steve Scalise: “Scalise says he doesn’t want to see government shut down.” [The Advocate, 8/28/13]
  • Rep. Tom Latham:  “I am certainly not for any kind of government shutdown for any reason.” [Des Moines Register, 8/28/13]

Previous broken promises:  

  • Rep. Martha Roby: “She said she supports the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, but doesn’t believe Republicans should shut down the government in their attempt to repeal the law. ‘I am not for it (shutdown).’” [Dothan Eagle, 8/27/13]