Posts by Jeff Zeleny, Richard Coolidge and Alexandra Dukakis
- Jeff Zeleny, Richard Coolidge and Alexandra Dukakis at Power Players5 mths ago
The Fine Print
Three conservative Republicans at the center of the budget showdown, who were elected in the tea party wave that helped the GOP win control of the House in 2010, say the government shutdown may be a necessary step to highlight the perils of Obamacare.
"Delay of Obamacare's the right thing for America," said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. "I don't know why he couldn't delay Obamacare for one year."
As the first government shutdown in 17 years intensifies, Labrador and his Republican colleagues, Vicky Hartzler of Missouri and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana, sat down with "The Fine Print" to discuss the shutdown -- and the way forward.
“In the western hemisphere, we try to find a win-win situation,” said Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. “And that's not the way Barack Obama and Harry Reid are negotiating right now.”
The central issue that President Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress are unwilling to negotiate with Republicans on is changes to the Affordable Care Act, which opened for enrollment this week, even as much of the rest of the government was shutting down.