27 Sep 2013 02:07 PM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Al Gore (Image Source: Brookings Institution on YouTube)
The Senate has cleared a bill 54-44 to fund the government through November 15. The bill now heads to the House, where a stalemate continues.
A government shutdown, however, has been avoided.
As all of Washington braced itself for a potential shutdown, however, former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore went after Republicans today for what he called an attempt at “political terrorism.”
“I think the only phrase that describes it is political terrorism. ‘Nice global economy you got there, be a shame if we had to destroy it. We have a list of demands. If you don’t meet them all by our deadline, we’ll blow up the global economy,’” Gore said earlier today during an appearance at the Brookings Institution, calling it nothing more than a “despicable and dishonorable threat.”
“How dare you?” he added.
Letting the U.S. default, he said, should not be an option. Those letting the U.S. be held hostage due to an opposition of Obamacare, he warned, will end up on the wrong side of history.
“Here’s what those who are threatening the shut down and default should understand. In situations like this, the president of our country has … an inherent advantage in speaking for the whole country,” he explained. “But it’s not a game... Don’t put our economy through this.”
See Gore speak at Brookings below: