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Shutdown Flashback: Obama In 2013

Mike Reed - January 22, 2018

Democrats should go back and see what President Obama said about the government shutdown in 2013. They might learn something.

Obama insisted he would not negotiate on outside issues until the government was reopened.

Obama said he was willing to negotiate with Republicans over any policy topic, but only after congress passed a short-term funding measure. 

Take a look at the comments below. You’ll see Republicans are actually being more conciliatory, and willing to negotiate now than Obama was then.  

https://gop.com/democrats-force-shutdown-over-daca-deal-despite-their-2013-declarations-rsr/

Democrats Force Shutdown Over DACA Deal Despite Their 2013 Declarations 

IN 2013, PRESIDENT OBAMA REFUSED TO NEGOTIATE WITH REPUBLICANS CONCERNING ANY POLICY DEMANDS UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT WAS REOPENED

During The Last Government Shutdown, President Obama Would Not Entertain Any Policy Proposals Until The Shutdown Ended, Saying “You Don’t Negotiate By Putting A Gun To The Other Person’s Head”

In October 2013, President Obama Insisted He Would Not Negotiate Major Budget Issues Until Congressional Republicans Reopened The Government And Lifted The Debt Ceiling. “President Obama insists he will not negotiate major budget issues with congressional Republicans until they vote to reopen the government and to lift the debt ceiling. ‘There are enough votes in the House of Representatives to make sure that the government reopens today,’ Obama told the Associated Press in an interview.” (David Jackson, “Obama: No Negotiations With Republicans For Now,” USA Today, 10/05/13)  

The Obama White House Emphatically Told Congress That President Obama Was, “Not Going To Negotiate Over The Need For Congress To Act To Reopen The Government.” “President Barack Obama stressed to congressional leaders on Wednesday that he will not negotiate with Republicans over a government shutdown or raising the U.S. debt limit, the White House said…. ‘The president made clear to the leaders that he is not going to negotiate over the need for Congress to act to reopen the government or to raise the debt limit to pay the bills Congress has already incurred,’ the White House said.”  ( “Obama Tells Congressional Leaders He Won’t Negotiated On Shutdown, Debt,” Reuters, 10/02/13)

President Obama Criticized The Tactic Of Threatening To Shut Down The Government, Saying “You Don’t Negotiate By Putting A Gun To The Other Person’s Head.” “President Obama says he’s willing to talk with Republican lawmakers about adjustments to the health care law and other issues, but only after they re-open the government and lift the threat of a federal default. ‘I’m happy to negotiate with you on anything. I don’t think any one party has a monopoly on wisdom. But you don’t negotiate by putting a gun to the other person’s head,’ Obama says.” (Scott Horsley, “Shutdown Showdown: Assessing Obama’s Negotiating Tactics,” NPR, 10/04/13)  

President Obama Called The Shutdown A “Manufactured Crisis” And Compared Shutting Down The Government To “Call[ing] Your Bank And Say[ing] I’m Not Going To Pay My Mortgage This Month Unless You Throw In A New Car And An Xbox.” “Obama said that the United States could not afford to deal with ‘manufactured crises’ over funding the government and paying its existing obligations. ‘Think about it this way: The American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs,’ he said. ‘You don’t get a chance to call your bank and say I’m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox.’” (Luke Johnson, “Obama Reiterates that He Won’t Negotiated Until Debt Ceiling Is Raised And Shutdown Is Ended,” Huffington Post, 10/08/13)

President Obama Said He Was Willing To Negotiate With Republicans Over Any Policy Topic, But Only After Congress Passed A Short-Term Funding Measure.  “President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he is willing to negotiate with Republicans over health care or any other topic, but only after Congress passes a short-term government funding measure and increases the debt limit. ‘What I’ve said is that I will talk about anything,’ he said, after declaring in his opening statement, ‘We can’t make extortion routine as part of our democracy.’” (Luke Johnson, “Obama Reiterates that He Won’t Negotiated Until Debt Ceiling Is Raised And Shutdown Is Ended,” Huffington Post, 10/08/13)

During The Shutdown, President Obama Emphasized That Health Care Policy Should Not Have “Anything To Do With Keeping Our Government Open Or Paying Our Bills On Time.” “Obama also pointed out that the shutdown had occurred as a result of Republicans’ strong opposition to the health care law he passed. ‘The way we got to this point was one thing and one thing only: this Republican obsession with dismantling the Affordable Care Act,’ he said. ‘Most Americans — Democrats and Republicans — agree that health care should not have anything to do with keeping our government open or paying our bills on time.’” (Luke Johnson, “Obama Reiterates that He Won’t Negotiated Until Debt Ceiling Is Raised And Shutdown Is Ended,” Huffington Post, 10/08/13) 

The Obama White House Emphatically Told Congress That President Obama Was, “Not Going To Negotiate Over The Need For Congress To Act To Reopen The Government.” “President Barack Obama stressed to congressional leaders on Wednesday that he will not negotiate with Republicans over a government shutdown or raising the U.S. debt limit, the White House said…. ‘The president made clear to the leaders that he is not going to negotiate over the need for Congress to act to reopen the government or to raise the debt limit to pay the bills Congress has already incurred,’ the White House said.”  ( “Obama Tells Congressional Leaders He Won’t Negotiated On Shutdown, Debt,” Reuters, 10/02/13)

Now, Democrats Are Not Heeding Their Own Advice, And Are Shutting Down The Government Unless They Get What They Want

On January 20, 2018, The Democrats Shut Down The U.S. Government. “President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers were locked in a standoff with Democrats on Saturday over the U.S. government shutdown, with Republicans saying they would not negotiate on immigration until the government is reopened.” (Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson, “First Day Of Government Shutdown Ends In Standoff,” Reuters, 1/20/18)

  • Democrats Are Fully Embracing “A Political Tactic They Decried For Eight Years Under President Obama.” “Banking on a complicit media and a confused electorate, they have now fully embraced a political tactic they decried for eight years under President Obama.” (Thomas Binion, Op-Ed, “Democrats Shut Government Down, But They're Still Struggling To Explain Why,” The Hill, 1/20/18)

Democrats Are Holding The Government Hostage Over The Legal Status Of “Dreamers.” “Democrats stuck to demands that any short-term spending legislation must include protections for young undocumented immigrants known as “Dreamers.” Republicans in turn said they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats gave them the votes needed to reopen the government.” (Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson, “First Day Of Government Shutdown Ends In Standoff,” Reuters, 1/20/18)

Republicans Have Agreed To Negotiate On Immigration After The Government Is Reopened. “Republicans in turn said they would not negotiate on immigration until Democrats gave them the votes needed to reopen the government.” (Richard Cowan and Ginger Gibson, “First Day Of Government Shutdown Ends In Standoff,” Reuters, 1/20/18)

Despite Democrats Refusing To Entertain Any Policy Proposals In 2013, Democrats Now Criticize President Trump For Waiting On A DACA Deal Until The Government Reopens

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Criticized President Trump By Saying “The President Needs To Pull Up A Chair To End This Shutdown.” “‘The President needs to pull up a chair to end this shutdown.’” (Stephen Collinson, Phil Mattingly, Tal Kopan and Daniella Diaz, “Shutdown Heads Into Day Two With Divides Deepening,” CNN, 1/21/18)

Schumer Also Blamed “Hard-Right Forces Within The Administration” For Refusing To Hold DACA Negotiations Until The Government Is Reopened. “But the leading Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer, blamed the president, saying Mr. Trump was under pressure from ‘hard-right forces within the administration.’” (“US Shutdown: Trump And Democrats Blame Each Other,” BBC News, 1/21/18)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Called Republicans “So Incompetent And Negligent That They Couldn't Get It Together To Keep The Government Open." “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Republicans ‘so incompetent and negligent that they couldn't get it together to keep the government open.’” (Zeke Miller, Andrew Taylor And Alan Fram, “A Weekend Of Finger-Pointing As Democrats, GOP Try To Dodge Blame For Shutdown, The Associated Press, 1/21/18)

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Blamed The Shutdown On President Trump, Saying He “Has To Step Up And Lead In This Situation.” “‘But at the end of the day, the president has to step up and lead in this situation,’ Durbin said.” (Kevin Freking, “Federal Shutdown Enters Day 2 Amid Blame Game On Both Sides,” AP News, 1/21/18)


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