DCCC Targets GOP Congressmen For Pushing ‘Manufactured’ Government Shutdown ‘Crisis’

September 27, 2013 3:17 a.m.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is sending out attack emails targeting more than five dozen House Republicans for creating a “manufactured crisis” by voting for legislation that funds the government only if Obamacare is defunded.  

The emails, which the House Democrats’ campaign arm is sending out Thursday, are something of a counter to the GOP’s attempts to label a vote against the continuing resolution legislation as essentially a vote to shutdown the government. 

Here’s one email, targeting Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY): 

4 Days Until Congressman Tom Reed’s Government Shutdown – But House Republicans Are Offering Only Chaos

With just four days until Congressman Tom Reed’s government shutdown, he and his Republican Congress have no solution to their manufactured crisis – but continue to jeopardize the entire economy just to give insurance companies free rein to charge the people of New York more for their health care. 


According to The Hill newspaper: “GOP leaders have not put forward any clear plan for a spending measure, and some Republicans said they wanted to see what the leadership hoped to do.”  

And while Congressman Reed will get a paycheck for his failure and chaos, hardworking families around the country will pay the price:

  • If  Congressman Reed gets his government shutdown, he will still get paid, but millions of middle class workers whose jobs depend on the government operating could not get paid for as long as the shutdown lasts.
  • If Congressman Reed succeeds in defunding the Affordable Care Act, the deficit would increase by $109 billion over 10 years.

“While Congressman Tom Reed plays political games in Washington, the clock is ticking for thousands of New York jobs – which he is risking all so that insurance companies can have free rein again,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Reed’s priorities are completely out-of-touch with the people of New York because he is willing to risk the livelihoods and financial stability of hardworking families, all to pad insurance companies’ profits.”


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