By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — A Democratic member of Congress equates a government shutdown with a multi-layered hostage crisis.
In a news release Saturday , U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, used harsh and inflammatory language in describing Republicans and Tea Party members and their roles in the possible shutdown.
Tea Party members, Cohen said, are detaining Republicans, who, in turn, are detaining the nation.
“If the Republican Conference continues to be held captive by Tea Party extremists and refuses to work with Democrats on a common-sense compromise, the government could shut down completely,” Cohen wrote.
He later used the more potent “hostage.”
“Republicans should not hold the federal government, America’s credit rating, Social Security checks, or veterans’ benefits hostage to unrealistic demands like defunding the President’s health care reform law,” Cohen wrote.
A federal shutdown would be the first in 18 years, as Congress and the president can’t seem to agree on a spending bill.
The Republican-led House has passed a spending bill that fails to fund Obamacare, despite the wishes of President Obama and the Democratically controlled Senate.
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