Rep. Pascrell Says Republicans Won’t Accomplish Anything by Forcing a Shutdown

With a federal government shutdown looming, Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-9) says the Republicans should stop blaming members of the Tea Party and accept the fact that the Affordable Care Act will be implemented. He told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that they don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to the law.

Pascrell said a recent CNN poll sums up the issue, with the majority of Americans saying they believe Republicans in Congress are acting like children in this situation.

“I don’t want to hear any more that they’re captive of a small group of Tea Party people,” Pascrell said. “This is not the Tea Party’s problem. This is every one of their problems.”

Gov. Chris Christie has said it’s a bad idea to close down the government. Pascrell said the governor has to keep a moderate voice with the upcoming election about a month away.

Pascrell said the Republicans aren’t going to be able to stop what they call Obamacare. “We’ve been through this 42 times. They tried to undermine and dismantle the Affordable Health Care Act. And they’re not gonna be successful,” he said.

According to Pascrell, Tea Party members are trying to flex their muscles within the Republican Party, but won’t accomplish their goal.

“There is no way that Democrats are gonna support any effort they make to dismantle the health care reform act, which is important and significant,” Pascrell said. “And by the way, the health care reform act is not only for people who don’t have insurance. It’s already assisting those people who have insurance. These people don’t know what they’re talking about. They really don’t.”