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Monday, September 30, 2013

Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Everyone ‘Is Going To Share Some Blame’

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). (blackburn.house.gov)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). (blackburn.house.gov)

If the House and Senate cannot come to an agreement on a temporary spending bill, there will be a partial government shutdown at midnight.

In the House bill, the spending measure is linked to delaying the Affordable Care Act. The Senate has already rejected that part of the bill.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representing Tennessee’s 7th district, says House Republicans are only answering to their constituents.

“We hear from our constituents everyday,” Blackburn told Here & Now. “They want to make certain their government is working. They do not want Obamacare to go into place tomorrow. They are concerned about the cost, they’re concerned about the lack of fairness.”




Well, you heard Ron talk about a lack of consensus amongst the House GOP. Earlier today, I spoke with Marsha Blackburn, Republican representative from Tennessee. And I asked her if she felt her fellow House Republicans were willing to make any kind of deal to avoid a government shutdown.

REPUBLICAN MARSHA BLACKBURN: Well, I think that what we've shown is we are the ones that are willing to work on this. And I have to tell you, we were so disappointed that they took the weekend off and did not stay and work on it with us. We've continued to invite the administration and the president to work with us, and we have been disappointed that they've declined that invitation.

The issues are serious. We hear from our constituents every day. They want to make certain that the government is working. They do not want to have Obamacare go into place tomorrow. They're concerned about the cost. They're concerned about the lack of fairness. And we understand they're coming back this afternoon, so we hope they come back and get right to work.

CHAKRABARTI: Now, Representative, this morning CNN released a poll that found that six in 10 Americans say they want Congress to approve a budget agreement and avoid a government shutdown. But at the same time, if the government shuts down, 46 percent of Americans would blame congressional Republicans. So are you willing to bear that blame?

BLACKBURN: The truth is, everybody involved in the process is going to share some blame. Republicans are in charge of one-half of one-third of the federal government. The Democrats are in charge of everything else. So actually, you know, they have more of an opportunity to get in there and present ideas, and they have more of a responsibility. They run more of the government.

It seems like, though, that the House is the one who continues to bring forward ideas and seeks to solve problems for programs that the American people don't want that are going to spend money that the American people do not have and don't want to have any more coming out of their paychecks.

CHAKRABARTI: Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, thank you so much.

Thank you. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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  • PoliticsWatcher

    Another ignorant Republicican who doesn’t realize the GOP controls the Supreme Court. And doesn’t realize that a majority of the House, and even a majority of the GOP itself, does not want to shut down the government over Obamacare.

    • Penney Wedbetter

      no they just want to keep spending………..well maybe their pay should stop too!!

    • Duffy Johnson

      She knows the GOP controls the Supreme Court, she simply lied about it.

  • lawyermomma

    His disingenuous. They can be as obstructionist as they can, and only issue ultimatums, but it’s not their fault if the Senate and Obama don’t capitulate. How do you negotiate with terrorists?

  • Duffy Johnson

    Is she high?? This is ALL Congress’ fault. How much time and taxpayer money has the Republican congressional leadership wasted in the last 3 years trying to destroy, defund, derail, delay and otherwise sabotage the health care LAW? They are the worst I’ve ever seen. None of these Tea Party-friendly members of Congress have any idea what governing means.

  • Cindy C Barnard

    Hello Rep Blackburn… what ideas has the house offered that aren’t counter intuitive or meant to reinvent the wheel? You do not speak for millions of Americans.

    Please explain why you’re shutting down government over the Affordable Care Bill, a.k.a. ObamaCare, thank you, when that bill is paid for and is moving forward whether you shut down the gov. or not.

    Your arguments are disingenuous. Your package of disinformation is hurting this country and I only know of one party that will be blamed.


  • MarshaWTF

    Here is the definition of “SOME” in this case: 100%!

  • Rebecca

    I am shocked by the Representatives statement that the “Republicans are in charge of one-half of one-third of the federal government,” and further stated that Democrats are in charge of everything else. This may come as a shock to the representative, but she is in the legislative branch of the government. Now I will type slowly so that she may comprehend, the legislative branch of government passes the laws – after of course much debate and compromise. Further to state that Democrats are dominant in the other two branches is a very miss leading comment. I am disappointed that the interviewer did not call her out on this.

  • bob

    Interesting result. I have been trying to contact prissy missy online through any of her websites including .gov. Unfortunatly, she is very well protected in her gerrymandered RED district. Her excuse is she “represents her district” and the hell with all others who are exempt from giving there opinion to her. Those of us who live in this state or just a few miles outside her district don’t get to contact her. But a letter could be written and we know how they react to that. So basically, since retiring to this state and fueling my brain on these unbelievable mindsets of these politicians and the population as a whole, I have learned that tenn needs to be blue once again and a lot of money put towards education and driving abilities. lol Somthing the mississippi educated queen needs to hear about even in her district.

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