Chuck Schumer: Offering to ‘right-wing gods’
By: Tal Kopan
September 30, 2013 09:07 AM EDT
Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday that if Republicans allow the government to shut down over Obamacare, they are sacrificing Americans to the “right-wing gods.”
The New York Democrat said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” there’s a “small hope” that the House and Senate can pass a government spending bill by midnight, but it’s not looking good.
“The question is, does Speaker [John] Boehner need to engage in something like the ancient practice of sacrifice, this time to the right-wing gods? Do we have to sacrifice the economy and help for millions of middle class people?” Schumer said. “It’s real people with real lives at stake, and just to sacrifice them to the right-wing gods, for the sake of a day or two of showing, ‘Oh yes, we’re serious,’ is a very cynical operation.”
Schumer said if a clean government funding bill — without any Obamacare provisions — came to the House floor, it would pass, but Republicans are afraid to show they’re wrong.
“If Ted Cruz is so confident he’s right that the people don’t like health care, there are places to fight that out. … I think he actually is afraid he’s wrong. And the only way to build his movement is by asking for something so unreasonable and so harmful that he knows we can’t give into it,” Schumer said.
Schumer said Democrats need to stand firm on the spending bill because if they give in to the “extortion,” it will play itself out again over the debt ceiling, which the U.S. will hit on Oct. 17.
Government funding runs Monday at midnight.