Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., predicts that, if the Democrats give in to Republicans over Obamacare, it will only lead the GOP to use the same blackmail tactics in the future, reported Travis Gettys of Raw Story.
“If we surrender right now to these guys on this issue, they will be back,” said Sanders, the Senate’s only independent.
Sanders said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been overruled a group of minority extremists in his party, extensively tea party congressmen, who want to undo the progressive achievements of the last century.
He called this an important moment for Boehner in which “he has to determine whether he is the Speaker of the Republican party or the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.”
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“There are many Republicans here in the Senate, Republicans in the House, who do not like Obamacare,” he told the Senate. “But they understand that you don’t just shut down the government just to make a point. You don’t throw 800,000 workers, who work for the federal government whose lives depend on a paycheck out on the street, in order to make a point.”
“This attack on Obamacare is just one small part of a right-wing extremist ideology which is incredibly reactionary and which really intends not just to repeal Obamacare but to repeal virtually every major piece of legislation passed in the last 80 years which protects the interests of … people who are vulnerable,” he continued.
“These guys want to make drastic cuts to Medicaid, in food stamps and many other programs which the most vulnerable people in this country are living on,” he added.
Sanders cited the Texas Republican Party’s agenda to privatize social security and abolish federal minimum wage and the Environmental Protection Agency.
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He believes Boehner should stand up to the extremists within his party. If he did, Sanders says, he could end this shutdown in the blink of an eye.
“All that has to happen is the Speaker of the House has to bring a clean bill that we passed here in the Senate and give all of his members a chance to vote on it, and if he does that, this crisis is over,” Sanders said.
Source: Raw Story