Right-wing lawmakers govern by lurching from one manufactured crisis to another

Once again, right-wing lawmakers in Congress have shown how disconnected they are from the needs of the people. From forcing the federal government to shut down, engaging in futile votes to defund the Affordable Care Act and threatening to not raise the debt ceiling until the last minute, right-wing lawmakers are lurching from one manufactured crisis after another and, in between, failing to address the issues ordinary people care about such as jobs, access to vital services and an economy that works for all.

The Affordable Care Act already is working for middle-class families. Young people can stay on their parents' plan until they are 26 years old, millions of seniors are getting discounts on prescription drugs and insurance companies must spend money on patient care, not on increasing profits or CEO bonuses.

Instead of acknowledging how much the health care law has benefited their constituents, right-wing lawmakers continue to play political games that hurt our economy and affect real people's lives.

This is the same recklessness from Congress that gave us the sequester, which has cost jobs and halted our nation's economy. Since Oct. 1, Americans have been furloughed, subjected to pay cuts and dropped from federal unemployment benefits. Millions of others have been hurt by aimless cuts to vital services, including education, health care, food and nutrition programs, mental health services, child care, Head Start, public housing and special education.

If the House's proposed funding levels were enacted in 2014, $1.8 billion would be cut from Head Start, costing roughly 240,000 children access to early childhood education services.

Responsible leaders in both parties must stand up to this nonsense and return to an era of responsible governing — by ending the threat of shutdowns and default and passing a responsible budget that reinvests in vital services. Americans want to get back to work in good jobs that can support their families.

Alana Flynn

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