For the first time in over 15 years, the US Government has partially shut down. This means that upwards of 800,000 federal employees will be furloughed. Additionally, many non-essential parts of the government will cease to function. This means public parks and other similar federally run institutions and organizations will shut down. Some workers will be required to do their duties without pay.
Fortunately, critical elements of the government like the military and other national security apparatuses will continue to work. However, every day of the shutdown is costing the American economy upwards of a billion dollars per day. It’s certainly not an ideal situation, especially for those who are no longer working.
There is certainly a lot of back and forth going on in politics, especially since many people thought that the shut down wouldn’t actually happen. Well it certainly has happened, and now everyone is talking about it. That means there are plenty of juicy quotes going around. So let’s get to what people are saying about the latest shutdown.
One Republican, Devin Nunes, on his own fellow Republicans: “Lemmings with suicide vests. It’s kind of an insult to lemmings to call them lemmings, so they’d have to be more than just a lemming, because jumping to your death is not enough.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the House GOP: “They’ve lost their minds.”
John Boehner, in charge of the House GOP on the shutdown: “I would say to the president: This is not about me. This is not about Republicans here in Congress. It’s about fairness for the America people.”
John McCain showing some levelheadedness: “I campaigned in 2012 all over this country for months: ‘Repeal and replace Obamacare.’ That was not the mandate of the voters. If they wanted to repeal Obamacare, the 2012 election would have been probably significantly different.”
Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary on Republican strategy: “What we see happening with this Republican strategy is a willingness to threaten the very foundation of the world’s greatest economic power. That is a very risky proposition.”