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Sen. Orrin Hatch Blasts White House, Senate Democrats for Refusing to Fund Troops

Earlier this week, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) spoke on this website about the failed leadership from the White House. Now, Hatch is going after the Senate Democrats as well for refusing to pay the military in the event of a government shutdown.

Hatch said the following late yesterday about the Democrats refusing to fund the military:

“Because the Democrats in this chamber will not accept the modest spending reductions in H.R. 1, the House took up and passed H.R. 1363 today.  This is a continuing resolution that will fund the government for a week, prevent a shutdown, and fund the Department of Defense through the end of the year, making sure that our servicemen and women receive their paychecks and that our national security is not compromised,” said Hatch in a speech on the Senate floor this afternoon.  “The ball is in the court of this body’s leadership. The President has now made it clear that he is willing to shut down the government rather than pass this CR. They have issued a Statement of Administration Policy suggesting that they will veto this CR if passed. If the President wants to go off this cliff, I can’t stop him. But I would encourage my Democratic colleagues here that they don’t need to follow him off that cliff.”

And here is Hatch addressing Obama’s failed leadership:

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