Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) said Sunday that a federal government shutdown would probably be a "loser" for the Republican party.
“I think everybody agrees that this is a loser for us if the government shuts down,” Labrador said on Meet The Press. “That’s why I think the president and the Democrats want to shut down the government.”
A shutdown looked increasingly likely Sunday. The House passed Saturday a spending bill that would delay Obamacare for one year and repeal its medical device tax. Senate Democratic leadership has already said it's dead on arrival.
If, as expected, the Senate tables the House's Obamacare amendments Monday and sends a clean spending bill back to the House, there will be mere hours until the federal shuts down Tuesday.
“Let’s be really honest about this. The other side would like to see Republicans in trouble in 2014," Labrador said. "The other side wants to make sure that they’re not even willing to meet us halfway.”