- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rep. Charles Rangel, New York Democrat, said Thursday that Republicans are playing political games by voting on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget.

“They’re not legislating. They’re not passing a budget to help work with the Senate in order to get this great country moving forward. They’re sending a political message,” he said on MSNBC. “They know it’s not going to pass, they know they’re not going to get rid of Obamacare.”

He said the dysfunction in Congress is caused by the tea party, which is preventing moderate Republicans from being able to work with Democrats.

“If Speaker Boehner was just to say to the Republicans on his side, ‘Vote your conscience and don’t be held hostage by the tea party,’ Democrats and Republicans could one again work together for what’s good for the country,” he said.