WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Democratic Whip Katherine Clark (MA-5) joined Leader Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) and Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar (CA-33) for a press conference condemning House Republicans’ failed, right-wing Continuing Resolution and the looming MAGA shutdown. Below is a transcript of her remarks:
“Thank you so much, Mr. Leader. I want to join in taking a moment to honor and remember Senator Feinstein and just wanted to add to her incredible legacy — is also one as a role model to women. The first woman Mayor of San Francisco, part of the 1992 ‘Year of the Woman’, and someone who has really smashed ceilings, broken ground for those of us who get to follow and stand on her shoulders.
“And what a contrast to that legacy of service — what we’re witnessing in the House today. Another [day wasted] voting on an extreme, right-wing bill with zero chance of becoming law. Another day of fighting among the MAGA Republicans. Another day wasted talking about deficits — while failing to take up the bipartisan agreement we already entered into that would reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion. So now, [after weeks of] political theater, we are one day from a disastrous Republican government shutdown.
“So, let's take a moment to talk about the people who are truly at the center of this story. It’s not Speaker McCarthy. It’s not Marjorie Taylor Greene. It’s not Matt Gaetz. It’s the servicemembers who will work without a paycheck. It’s the firefighters who will be furloughed. It’s the early educators who will have to leave their classroom. It’s the moms and parents who will be left scrambling for child care.
“The MAGA shutdown comes down to this: House Republicans have chosen extremism over everyday people. They’ve chosen abortion bans over baby formula. They’ve chosen teacher layoffs over the well-being of our students. They’ve chosen cuts to Social Security, cuts to Head Start, cuts to the VA over a commitment to our continued economic recovery.
“The House has been hijacked by extremists obsessed with making life harder and more expensive for working people. It does not have to be this way.
“This impending disaster can still be averted if just a handful of Republicans would stop listening to Donald Trump — if just a few Members would honor their oath of office and say, ‘enough is enough.’
“It’s not too late to work for our country and not against it. It’s not too late to come back from the edge. It is not too late to pass a bipartisan Continuing Resolution and enact the agreement we reached and voted on back in May.
“But if House Republicans choose to inflict this needless pain, this needless chaos — if they choose to force a shutdown, I can tell you this: the American people know who’s at fault, and they are not going to forget that this was brought to us by extremists in the House GOP.”
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