Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) encouraged fellow members of Congress to support a so-called “clean” spending bill that does not delay or defund Obamacare in an op-ed published Tuesday in the Denver Post.
From the op-ed:
I have done my best to delay, defund and dismantle all or parts of Obamacare because I believe that much of it will be harmful to this country in the long run. Lost in the shutdown coverage, the problems with the new Obamacare exchanges are a major cause for concern. However, the debate over attaching Obamacare to a spending bill must end and I will argue before my colleagues in the House that we need to pass a “clean” spending bill to immediately reopen the government. Reducing spending remains my top concern. That’s why I believe this funding resolution should stay within the spending caps that both parties agreed to last time the nation’s debt limit was increased in 2011.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told CNN Monday that he would urge House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to bring a clean spending bill to a vote, but said he wouldn’t sign a discharge petition floated by Democrats because it would bring the bill to the floor too late.
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