Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer interrogated Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) Sunday morning on the merits of shutting down the government over the defunding of ObamaCare, asking if it would set a precedent whereby any faction of a legislative chamber can close the government over a pet legislative desire.
“The law has been passed,” Schieffer said. “Why not keep the government running, and then everybody can sit down and decide what they want to do about it?”
“Well, there should be a negotiation,” Cornyn said. “This government would still be up and running in full in Harry Reid (D-NV) had allowed Democrats to vote.”
“Isn’t there something wrong with saying we won’t fund the government unless I can attach my personal wish list?” Schieffer said. “I mean, I’d love for the government to find a cure for cancer. But I don’t think you can say we’re not going to pass any funds for the rest of the government until NIH finds the cure for cancer…You can’t do that every time you get ready to fund the government, as somebody comes up with some new thing, that’s their thing that they want done, and you can’t fund the government unless you get that.”
“I know you can’t reach the agreement and get past this impasse if the president won’t negotiate and he’s not at the table,” Cornyn said. “We’ve moved from the defund ObamaCare effort to eliminating this congressional carve out, and eliminating the penalty on individual Americans, like the president’s done for businesses. We would have the government funded today, if Harry Reid and Senate Democrats had agreed to vote for that.”
Watch the full clip below, via CBS:
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