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Grimm backs spending bill, but opposes shutdown

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Rep. Michael Grimm, New York Republican, plans to support the resolution when the House votes Friday to defund Obamacare but continue funding the government.

He isn’t, however, willing to shut down the government, which could happen since the House bill will not pass a Democratic-lead Senate. Instead, he sees the resolution as a way to begin negotiations.

“Are we going to put our best foot forward in the negotiation and have no leverage? Of course not,” he said on MSNBC’s “Jansing and Co” Friday morning. “At the end of the day this is politics.”

He also sees his vote in the House as a way to send a message to the Senate that those like Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, and Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, can’t continue the rhetorical battle against Obamacare without backing it up.

Another New York member of Congress, Democrat Rep. Gregory Meeks, said that many Republican senators are telling Republican representatives to “change your tune,” because passing the bill is bad for the American people. He also said that Obamacare is the law now, and that Congress should respect that.

“Obamacare is the law of the land. It was voted on, it was passed, then the Supreme Court ruled on it,” Mr. Meeks said on the MSNBC program. “When have we ever tried to delay the law of the land?”

In the end, Mr. Grimm said, he believes everyone will be able to compromise and find solution to prevent a government shutdown.

“I think there’ll be a very serious conversation which could involve sequester, the delay of Obamacare, and the debt ceiling being overruled,” he said. “I think we’ll come together to work it out so everyone gets a little of what they want, which is how a negotiation is supposed to work.”

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