U.S. Shutdown Denies Fallen Soldiers Survivor's Benefits

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How outrageous and tragic! Over the weekend, defending our country in Afghanistan, a number of soldiers were killed. Let's not sugar coat it and say they died. They were killed, violently. They knew the risk, they took it and paid the ultimate price. Since the shutdown, nearly 20 soldiers, brave men and women have died. Each minute means another could be added to the roster of fallen soldiers.

The U.S. has a responsibility to these fallen heroes. And in the past we always accepted it, proudly, genuinely and irreversibly. With the shutdown this has become a tradition of the past. Game playing by the Republicans and their refusal to pass a continuing resolution, has now shown to the Nth degree the atrocity of the Republican party, specifically Ted Cruz and Speaker John Boehner. This is at their footsteps. This is their fault.

So what is the Republicans response to this? They want to pass a mini-CR to fund this -- nothing more. All they have to do is vote the clean CR and all of these travesties are covered. Each day we find new issues the GOP has closed down and we find are essential. Why the piecemeal? Simple. They want to hold us all hostage. Now's the time to go on the attack. Contact your congressman or woman. You must speak up. We have to pay our bills. We have to keep the country running. And we have a way to make it happen, even if it means putting their head on a spit for the next election.

The Republicans and the Tea Party hostage takers should be ashamed of themselves for betraying America over gamesmanship and dick-measuring. I know I'm ashamed and incensed. I bet you are as well.

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