(House of Representatives - October 12, 2013)

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                            END THE SHUTDOWN

  (Mr. DeFAZIO asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. DeFAZIO. This morning, 186 Democrats signed a petition to end the 
Republican shutdown and routinely continue to fund the government 
through November 15 while we work out our differences.
  We need only 32 more signatures. I expect every Democrat to sign. 
Will some on the other side of the aisle cross over to reopen the 
government, go back to regular order, and negotiate our differences 
without a shutdown government, without threatening to default on the 
United States of America?
  Earlier, we tried to bring up a bill that would do that under 
unanimous consent, but the Republicans changed the rules of the House. 
After more than 200 years, they changed the rules to say ``no,'' we 
couldn't bring that bill up. We cannot have a vote on continuing to run 
the government.
  Now, man up. Man up over there. Give us a vote. If you have got the 
votes, then you can keep the government shut down. If we have the 
votes, we go back to routinely funding a continuing resolution for the 
government until November 15. I think that would be a service to the 
American people.