Freshman Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) said on the Senate floor Thursday that President Barack Obama might have been planning for the government to shut down all along.
“When the president had both Houses under the control of his party, why did he opt not to pass a budget for fiscal year 2011?” Lee asked.
“It was either irresponsible on one hand or deliberate and malicious on the other with intention to bring about a sequence of events that would culminate inevitably in a government shutdown,” he continued.
The government will be forced to shut down unless a spending measure is approved by midnight on Friday.
“We have to be willing to cast blame where blame is due,” Lee, who helped found the Tea Party Caucus, said. “The blame here cannot and, as long as I’m standing, will not be placed at the feet of the Republican Party or tea party. We do not want a shutdown. If we have one, it will be because the president of the United States and members of the other party in this august body have refused to put forward a palatable, defensible budget.”
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