Oct. 5 - Texas Senator John Cornyn calls the partial U.S. federal government shutdown 'the Obama-Reid shutdown', says it's no longer about healthcare. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In a weekly GOP address, U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas says Republicans want to end the partial federal government shutdown, but the Senate Democrats and President Obama refuse to negotiate. "It has become disturbingly clear that the Obama-Reid shutdown is no longer about health care, or spending, or ideology. It's about politics, plain and simple," he said in response to Obama's weekly address, in which the President called the impact of the shutdown "heartbreaking." "All Republicans can do is to continue promoting common-sense solutions that would end the shutdown and allow us to move forward. Hopefully our friends across the aisle will eventually get tired of playing politics," he added. Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives agreed on Saturday to retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed federal employees once the government reopens, but there was no end in sight to the shutdown that was in its fifth day.