Alan Grayson blames “intoxicated” GOP for government shutdown

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If you have ever wondered what Congress was drinking when they decided to shut down the federal government October 1, Rep. Alan Grayson might have the answer.

In an interview with Salon, the liberal Democrat accused GOP House members of being “literally intoxicated” as they cast votes on the continuing resolutions that set the stage for Tuesday morning’s government shutdown.

These charges come with various accounts of alcohol on the breath of Republicans, something the ultra-liberal Grayson says he witnessed personally, reports Josh Eidelson in Tuesday’s Salon.

Calling it a “problem all year long,” Grayson said Republican drinking on-the-job is “a fact we all have to live with.”

“It’s making them violent and abusive towards America,” Grayson added.

Grayson also believes president Obama has learned “from experience” how to deal with the GOP, which was “what needed to happen.” He also has some choice words for House Speaker John Boehner, saying the Speaker refused to allow a “clean funding bill’ — without strings attached — because he is “desperate to maintain his relevance.”

The congressman was critical of the White House’s invitation Wednesday to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon as part of negotiations of an $11 billion legal settlement as well as talk about the federal debt ceiling.

“I think it would be more constructive to invite in the pope, or perhaps Putin,” Grayson told Salon.

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