February 14, 2016

Duffy shows support for debt ceiling deal

A central Wisconsin Congressman says he’s willing to support a plan to temporarily extend the deadline on raising the nation’s debt limit, if it means President Obama and Democrats are willing to negotiate.

Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives have proposed a plan that would delay an October 17th deadline to raise the debt ceiling for six weeks. Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) says he would likely back the plan, if it means there will be an opportunity to have the President engage in a dialogue with them to resolve some of the issues they have.

AUDIO: Rep. Sean Duffy (:15)

However, Duffy says that the president has so far been unwilling to work with the House GOP on a compromise that would end the current partial government shutdown. “It’s not unprecedented that in politics and in Washington people disagree. What’s unprecedented is that we have a President who won’t negotiate.”

While Republicans have backed down from earlier pushes to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act, Duffy is currently standing by a plan that would require the President and his administration to also obtain coverage through the federal health exchanges. Duffy says that would make them more likely to respond to problems with the system. He described it as an issue of fairness, and not about playing petty politics.

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