Today, DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee, sent the following email to supporters about the GOPShutdown.
Just now, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, offered to use the RNC's money to pay to re-open the National World War II Memorial for the next 30 days.
(Side note: Does that mean they plan on keeping the rest of the government shut down for the next month? I guess that's not a surprise since they cheered the shutdown in the first place.)
As a solution to this crisis, the RNC's stunt was meaningless. It would do nothing for the kids who right now can't participate in Head Start, or the cancer patients awaiting clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health, or the 800,000 public employees who want to get back to work.
Fortunately, there's a solution that could get the government back up and running tonight (and for a lot longer than 30 days) -- and we know it has enough support to get through Congress and land on the President's desk. All it takes is a decision from Speaker Cruz Boehner to send a clean budget resolution to the floor.
I know Chairman Priebus is a well-connected guy, so I think he probably has the Speaker's number somewhere. The entire country would be a lot better off if he'd spend his time working to re-open the government instead of holding press conferences from the National Mall.
Call on Reince Priebus and the rest of his fellow Republicans to re-open the federal government today:
Democratic National Committee