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Springfield Republican: In Senate speech decrying government shutdown, Sen. Ed Markey blames Tea Party Republicans

With just hours until a deadline kicking off a shutdown of non-essential government services, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., delivered a speech on the Senate floor blaming Tea Party Republicans for the stalemate over spending.

“I think Tea Party Republicans saw Breaking Bad’s dramatic depiction of reckless behavior last night and thought they could put on a better finale. They could create more drama. They could cook up even more toxic ideas. They could break this government in every bad way possible,” Markey said in the Senate Monday. “These Tea Party antics are the stuff of fairy tales. The way the GOP is writing this story, at the stroke of midnight, as we turn the calendar to October, our government, and potentially our economic recovery, turns into a pumpkin. But it’s the Tea Party GOP who are in Fantasyland, thinking we will actually allow them to cut off Obamacare, shut down the government, and melt down our economy.”

The Senate on Monday struck down a Tea Party bill to avert the government shutdown by delaying the implementation of the president’s health care overhaul, otherwise known as Obamacare. Some provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect Tuesday regardless of whether Congress strikes a last-minute deal or not.

In his speech, Markey chastised the Tea Party for the congressional gridlock that led to the self-imposed sequester when lawmakers failed to pass a budget earlier this year. He also said that the sequester and now the looming shutdown are fabricated crises, with a potential sequel around the corner.

“This bill is a preview of coming attractions: Two weeks from now, we’ll be careening to the next crisis, this time over whether America will pay its debts. If we do not raise the debt ceiling, we won’t be able to pay our bills starting October 17th,” he said. “What’s the harm of defaulting on our debts? Our nation’s stock and bond markets could go into a free fall. That will damage the full faith and credit of our country, the bedrock of the entire American economy.”