House Republicans were too busy “on a jihad” against Obamacare to care about keeping the government open, one House Democrat charged on Wednesday.
Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) took to the floor as the House voted on a series of bills that would reopen select parts of the government — the GOP’s latest bid to mitigate blame for the current shutdown.
“The chairman of the committee says … that we should think of the impact on the parks before we vote against this bill,” Miller said. “Did you think about these parks when you voted to shut down the government?”
The visibly frustrated congressman then began to shout at his Republican colleagues, who had taken to the floor earlier to lament the closure of parks, museums and cancer trials.
“He was prepared to sacrifice the local economy. He was prepared to sacrifice the towns around Yosemite when he was on a jihad against American citizens getting access to health care,” Miller said.
He added that Republicans were willing to shut down the government over Obamacare, only to find out that “millions of Americans” tried to sign up for it when enrollment for the law’s health care exchanges formally opened on Tuesday.
“So when you were on the jihad against Americans’ access to health care, shutting down the parks wasn’t a problem,” Miller said. “Shutting down NIH wasn’t a problem.”