- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 13, 2013

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Sunday that some GOP members may have fought an impossible battle against Obamacare ahead of the government shutdown, but that doesn’t give Democrats license to tinker with past law.

Conservatives are balking at Democratic proposals to end the government shutdown and raise the government’s debt limit with a deal that would alter the sequester caps written into law after a spending statement in 2011.

Polls show Republican Party sinking in popularity, after their initial bid to defund or delay Obamacare.

“Now, I think the Democrats are on the verge of being one tick too cute as they see the House possibly in disarray — they now are overreaching, and I think that what we’ve got to do is get this back in the middle of the road, act like adults, deal with these issues,” Mr. Corker told Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said the health care law should be given some room to work.

“If it doesn’t work, it’ll fall on its own,” Mr. Manchin said. “But don’t have the underlying motive to just get rid of it.”

The senators said they hope the parties can find a breakthrough in the coming days, without Senate Majority Harry Reid resorting to the “nuclear option” to force votes on measures with a 50-vote, rather than 60-vote, threshold.

“I do think we will see our way through this, but the last 24 hours have not been good,” Mr. Corker said.

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