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Schumer statement on GOP shutting down gov't

"Too many Republicans seem like they are seeking a shutdown of the government when the current funding measure expires on March 4th. This was a mistake when Newt Gingrich did it in 1995, and it would be an even bigger mistake now. It could have disastrous consequences like halting Social Security payments, and jeopardizing access to health care for our veterans and seniors on Medicare. We need to work together to address the deficit, but we would urge Republicans not to risk the shutting down of the government. That is playing with fire."

By Greg Sargent  | January 31, 2011; 5:43 PM ET
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