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TN rep equates looming government shutdown with hostage crisis

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Part 3 of 51 in the series Shutdown 2013

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.

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen

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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Part of 51 in the series Shutdown 2013
  1. Shutdown plan: Virginia will carry federally funded state workers until Oct. 4
  2. OKC National Memorial and Museum will stay open regardless of federal shutdown
  3. TN rep equates looming government shutdown with hostage crisis
  4. Government shutdown won’t shut down NSA spying
  5. 7 myths about a federal government shutdown
  6. Obamacare goes full-speed ahead as military pay enters uncharted waters
  7. Shutdown sparks New Jersey confusion about Obamacare
  8. Federal shutdown could furlough 57,000 Virginians
  9. ‘Business as usual’ for PA state government as feds prepare for shutdown
  10. Union plans rally as MN braces for federal shutdown
  11. Only government you don’t know about could go away in Illinois
  12. Shutdown? NM seems OK on the state level, but federal workers will feel the pinch
  13. WI congressional delegation soldiers on in Obamacare-shutdown battle
  14. Shutdown? What shutdown? States will carry on despite impasse in Washington
  15. McAuliffe tries to ride shutdown to victory in November
  16. NM delegation on gov’t shutdown: It’s the other side’s fault
  17. Panda Cam goes dark as government shutdown cripples cute
  18. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin: I’m shutting down, too
  19. Missouri’s Wagner declines congressional pay during shutdown
  20. GIs take first battle of government shutdown
  21. The horror: Shutdown delays pro-Obamacare video contest
  22. Obamacare device tax ‘devastating’ to TN manufacturers
  23. Did The New Republic call for Obama to dissolve Congress?
  24. 4 reasons to cross the Potomac during the shutdown
  25. Are furloughed park employees trying to pick a fight on Facebook?
  26. Shutdown is ‘boom time’ for political fundraising
  27. Sorry Yogi: Reid calls move to open parks a ‘wacky idea’
  28. World War II vets 90, government shutdown 0
  29. Shutdown shouldn’t alter NM oil and gas bottom line
  30. FL tourism industry is magic, shutdown or not
  31. Fed shutdown leaves Americans stranded abroad
  32. Government shutdown brings relief to Main Street
  33. GOP’s Johanns: People mad, feel ‘duped’ into believing government shutdown would stop ObamaCare
  34. Chris Matthews’ weak grasp of government shutdown history
  35. U.S. senator turns total shutdown into partial shutdown
  36. Fed shutdown grounds plan to airdrop possibly harmful substance on TN land
  37. Ohio vets ready to storm World War II Memorial
  38. Some states battling with feds to keep parks, landmarks open during shutdown
  39. Federal tourist blockades called ‘vindictive’ in Virginia
  40. Veterans’ day: Ohio vets conquer World War II Memorial during government shutdown
  41. E-Verify: Is Obama happy to see right-to-work database go?
  42. Two battlefields raise the question: Who maintains Civil War sites?
  43. Contradictions abound in federal shutdown policy
  44. Park Service losing $76 million a day in shutdown
  45. Nebraska federal judge tells Congress to ‘go to hell’
  46. Shutdown renews call to move western forests, parks under state control
  47. How to make NM less vulnerable to federal gov’t shutdowns
  48. Are senators playing selective service in shutdown politics?
  49. Double dipping: Shutdown means double pay for Oregon federal workers
  50. No double dipping for furloughed federal workers in Virginia
  51. Not so fast: Federal workers in Wisconsin must repay unemployment benefits

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Chris Butler is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org based in Nashville. Contact him at chris@tennesseewatchdog.org and follow him on Facebook at "Chris-Butler-WriterJournalist" or on Twitter at cdbutler1204.

  • smelltest

    Actually it’s much worse that “hostage situation”, those involve real people. Since this is about the ability to lie and make promises to the uniformed, gullible, democrat base, it is an attack upon their holy temple of tax and spend that is being challenged. If it were about people, they would have thrown in the towel by now.

  • sjake

    How can you negotiate with idiots like this guy Cohen……the Republicans first tried to block obamacare which is what their constituents want and the majority of the American peope, but the Senate / Harry Reid took that out and sent over a funding measure without negotiations. Now the Republicans turn around and will fully fund Obamacare if the Congress and President all sign up for Obamacare……the Senate Democrats voted that down. So either you want Obamacare or you don’t….which is it Harry Reid? Or, is it that Obamacare isn’t good enough for you and the Senate but the American people can choke it down. It’s that simple. Now the Senate / Harry Reid for the 4th time has rejected sitting down to negotiations. If I was in the House of Representatives sounds like it’s time to go home, or open a hot dog stand out front since nobody can fine you. You can’t negotiate with Harry Reed or a President that will not take calls from the House leaders…they don’t want to negotiate but THIS IS HOW ARE GOVERNMENT WORKS. The shut down is strictly due to the Democrats lack of American Patriotism to do their job……Oh, but Obama will talk to Iranian Terrorist for the first time in 30 years over his own countryman.

  • http://www.provergent.com/ ProVergent Media Strategies

    Steve Cohen, STFU.

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