The federal government shutdown is two weeks old and the deadline for raising the debt ceiling is Thursday. But congressional leaders have yet to strike a deal that would resolve the impasse. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham says he’s looking for a deal from the Democratic majority Senate that he knows will not include delaying or defunding the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), but can pass the GOP-majority House without adversely affecting the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner.
“After all this mess is over, do we really want to want to compromise John Boehner’s leadership in the House? I don’t think so. So I’m not going to vote for a plan that I don’t think can get a majority of Republicans in the House, understanding that defunding Obamacare or delaying it for a year is not a realistic possibility now.”
Graham says, as the government shutdown continues, he realizes that the American people are angry with Washington and its lawmakers.
“After listening to all of us talk, now I probably understand why 60 percent of Americans want to vote all incumbents out. To my colleagues in the House on both sides, and to my friends in the Senate: we are ruining both institutions so it is unrealistic to expect us to defund or delay Obamacare by shutting the government down.”
Graham says while he is hoping for a compromise deal that will end the shutdown, the fight against “Obamacare” is far from over. “After this mess is behind us, Obamacare will be a liability for Democrats, and the government shutdown we can survive, if we’re smart.”
Graham says with the glitches involved in its early startup, Graham views “Obamacare’ as a political problem for the Democrats as the midterm elections of 2014 approach.
Graham says for the long term, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is working on a plan that he hopes will lead to legislation to make adjustments to the Healthcare Law. “To prevent future shutdowns, to do things for Obamacare that need to be done in terms of correcting the problem, and quite frankly putting every member of Congress in the same plan on the same terms as all Americans.”