Following the House vote on a bill that will result in a government shutdown unless the Affordable Care Act is cut, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:
“This was a shameful vote that risks a government shutdown just to stop millions of Americans from having access to quality, affordable health care. This vote proved what we’ve already known for some time: The Tea Party has won the civil war for supremacy within the Republican Party.
“The far-right faction that’s calling the shots in today’s GOP is so focused on undermining President Obama that they’re willing to drive the nation over the cliff. The only question now is what car these legislators will use: Will they force a government shutdown? Or, worse, will they force the U.S. to default on its obligations?
“Congressional Republicans have embarked on this course despite hearing from economists, as well as from business leaders and Americans across the country, from across the political spectrum, that a default or a shutdown would be a devastating blow to the economy and hurt the wellbeing of ordinary Americans.”