Local lawmakers react to possible gov’t shutdown

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SAN DIEGO – Lawmakers who represent San Diegans at the national level reacted to the possibility of a government shutdown.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-controlled Senate remain at odds about funding the government and Obamacare.

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Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista)

“The president and Senate leaders have made it clear they will not consider anything other than a continuation of government funding that is unencumbered by politics,” said Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego). “For us to make any progress, Republican leadership will have to stand up to the Tea Party that is holding it hostage and come up with solutions that keep Americans at work and get us out of this govern-by-crisis mentality.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) became testy with reporters when one suggested the Republican-backed bill was dead on arrival.

“How dare you presume a failure? How dare you? How dare you? How dare you presume a failure?” Issa asked rhetorically, according to TheHill.com.

California Sen. Barbara Boxer suggested woman’s health issues would be affected if the Republican plan were enacted.

“If Republicans get their way, no longer will women be entitled to affordable birth control and well-woman checkups where they can be screened for breast cancer, pregnancy-related diabetes, cervical cancer and domestic violence,” said Boxer in a statement.

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