The clock struck midnight with Congress failing to hammer out a deal to avoid the first federal government shutdown in 17 years. In an interview Tuesday morning on MSNBC, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn says he was somewhat shocked that Republicans remained steadfast in their efforts to try to eradicate or delay provisions of the new healthcare law.”The president indicated in his comments yesterday that he open on further negotiations on the larger budget scheme, but not on the continuing resolution when the only thing you are asking him to do is give up his landmark program.”
In its 2014 budget, The White House called for spending levels of $1.058 trillion during the next fiscal year and Senate Democrats passed a similar proposal. The House Republican proposal called for spending levels of $988 billion. Clyburn says in an effort to avoid a shutdown, Democrats begrudgingly agreed to compromise by accepting the House GOP’s lower spending proposal and that apparently was still was still not enough for Republicans.
“But the president and the Senate agreed to that number, the Democrats in the House agreed to go along with number, and then Republicans said “no, no, we just don’t want to negotiate on the budget, we want to undercut this president.”
Clyburn says it appears that the GOP’s outward disdain for the healthcare law called Obamacare is actually a personal attack on the President.
“This is not about Obamacare, I beg to differ on that point, this is about President Obama and that’s all it is. It’s about the president and not his program per se.”