Americans don't want a government shutdown. They also don't want to get an unfair deal under Obamacare.
The House wants to re-open government fairly, but we need the Senate to be part of the conversation.
In the mean time, their refusal to talk has consequences.
To name a few, NIH isn't able to research and innovate. Veteran benefit applications are delayed. Military reservists aren't being paid. National Parks are closed -- including open air memorials that should never be disrespected by the theater of barricades.
Republicans and Democrats in the House found common ground and passed legislation to solve these problems.
We urge Senate Democrats to do their part. These proposals offer common ground. Let's build on it.
And with regard to the closure of the World War II Memorial, may I offer a reminder that the beaches of Normandy were closed too.