(House of Representatives - October 12, 2013)

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                          VOTE FOR A CLEAN CR

  (Mr. ENGEL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. ENGEL. Mr. Speaker, why did our Republican colleagues shut down 
the government? Why don't our Republican colleagues allow the United 
States to pay its bills?
  House Democrats want to open the government and have the country pay 
its bills. Senate Democrats want the same. Even Senate Republicans want 
to open the government and pay its bills. But not House Republicans.
  Do you remember when you were in school, Mr. Speaker, and we learned 
how a bill becomes law? One of the tenets of this great Nation is that 
majority rules.
  Put the Senate CR on the floor, Mr. Speaker. Let a majority of the 
House make a decision. Why is democracy being thwarted by the 
Republican majority? Pass the CR.
  The American people are tired of these political games. We have the 
votes here to pass a clean CR and open the government again. If the 
Republican leadership allowed that bill to come to the floor, we could 
do it today.