Chairman Xavier Becerra: “Shutdown Showdown is a Lose-Lose for the American People.”

September 29, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after voting against proposals that would cause a government shutdown:

“Rather than responsibly governing, House Republicans have voted to shut down the government. Unfortunately, threatening a government shutdown or economic meltdown unless ideological demands are met has become the new normal in this dysfunctional Tea Party controlled Congress.

“If the government shuts down, it’s the American people who will pay the price. Veterans’ disability payments processing will be disrupted. Loans to small business owners will be delayed. And more than one million public workers will be furloughed. All for what? To put insurance companies back in charge of Americans’ health care decisions and prevent millions of uninsured Americans from accessing affordable health coverage.

“This shutdown showdown is a lose-lose for the American people. And the American people deserve better.”