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Mike Coffman - R, CO: End the Shutdown and Negotiate
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Posted on 10/08/2013 6:19:13 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit

End the Shutdown and Negotiate

To govern in a divided government and get results, one must be open to compromise. And I know the American people and the people of Colorado expect us to govern.

We are now in the second week of a government shutdown. To compound matters, the country will reach its authorized debt limit in a little over a week. Congress and President Obama must end this partisan drama by passing a spending bill to reopen the government, avert an economic crisis by passing an increase in the debt limit, and immediately begin working on a bipartisan solution to stop Washington’s spending problem.

I’ve said all along that I didn’t want a Government shutdown. It’s sad that partisan bickering has led us to where we are; hopefully some bipartisan solutions can lead us out.

It might not be popular to say so, but I believe that extremists in both parties have kept us from finding real solutions. It concerns me that some Democrats appear to be “rooting for a shutdown” because they think it helps them politically. And likewise, it also concerns me that some Republicans used the flawed strategy of a shutdown for what appears to be nothing more than an exercise in national fundraising.

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.

The United States is now buried under a staggering $17 trillion in red ink and we are on a trajectory to face a debt crisis that could eventually threaten our national security. President Obama has previously said that he will not negotiate on another increase to the debt limit and instead wants all future increases to occur automatically without the consent of Congress. Most voters disagree with that plan too, since Washington could pretend that its spending problem doesn’t exist.

President Obama is now saying that he is willing to negotiate on additional steps to bring down the debt but only after the partial shutdown has ended and the debt limited is once again raised. I will take him at his word that he is willing to work with Republicans on a budget agreement to bring down our debt. I will support a temporary increase in the debt limit that is long enough for Republicans and Democrats to come together and work toward a bipartisan solution on a budget agreement that will put our country on a sustainable fiscal path. If that’s 6 months, 12 months or longer I am open to any plan that brings back economic certainty to the markets and reopens the Government.

Compromise solutions like this will get us back on track. As a member of the bipartisan group called “No Labels” I believe that Washington’s broken, and that both parties need to stop playing games. If we start acting seriously about these real issues, I know we can get results.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: coffman; colorado
I will argue before my colleagues in the House that we need to pass a “clean” spending bill to immediately reopen the government.

President Obama is now saying that he is willing to negotiate on additional steps to bring down the debt but only after the partial shutdown has ended and the debt limited is once again raised. I will take him at his word that he is willing to work with Republicans on a budget agreement to bring down our debt.

Just a few key points from his decision to end the shutdown.

1 posted on 10/08/2013 6:19:13 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit

No moron. Negotiate THEN end the shutdown.


2 posted on 10/08/2013 6:20:07 PM PDT by DManA (.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
I will take him at his word

And that's why they call us the Stupid Party.

3 posted on 10/08/2013 6:20:43 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

No.


4 posted on 10/08/2013 6:20:48 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Useful idiot.


5 posted on 10/08/2013 6:21:15 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

weinie


6 posted on 10/08/2013 6:22:23 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
I will take him at his word that he is willing to work with Republicans on a budget agreement to bring down our debt.

Anyone who takes Obama at his word is too gullible to serve at any level of government including dog catcher.

7 posted on 10/08/2013 6:22:38 PM PDT by DaveyB ("When injustice becomes the law; rebellion becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
I will take him at his word that he is willing to work with Republicans on a budget agreement to bring down our debt.

He must be Rocky Mountain high.

8 posted on 10/08/2013 6:23:38 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: yldstrk

indeed. I can hear his sobs from here.


9 posted on 10/08/2013 6:23:50 PM PDT by onona (The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe (yup, I belong))
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To: comebacknewt

I don’t see anything useful about him, he’s just a plain old idiot.


10 posted on 10/08/2013 6:23:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ican'tbelieveit

FUMC


11 posted on 10/08/2013 6:24:17 PM PDT by moovova
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To: ican'tbelieveit

A week is a lifetime in politics. Go out, take a breath, and come back to the wall. Being scared is part of the job.


12 posted on 10/08/2013 6:25:06 PM PDT by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

No Labels
means surrender.
Liberals have always compromised for ‘half a loaf’ and come back later for the other half.
Conservatives end up with an empty larder.


13 posted on 10/08/2013 6:25:30 PM PDT by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
President Obama is now saying that he is willing

that willingness will disappear like a fart in the wind

14 posted on 10/08/2013 6:25:32 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: ican'tbelieveit

If the states weren’t taking the federal bribes, it wouldn’t make much difference what was going on in Washington.


15 posted on 10/08/2013 6:25:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
I will take him at his word that he is willing to work with Republicans

And with that, Mikey-boy, you've sealed your fate as a GOPe doofus. Hope you've enjoyed your stint as One Of The Privileged!

16 posted on 10/08/2013 6:26:34 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

What idiot, especially a member of Congress, with ANY sense at all, would take YObama at his word. Does he think we are ALL stupid?


17 posted on 10/08/2013 6:26:50 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: griswold3

“No labels” plan for making the president a dictator.

http://www.nolabels.org/presidency-work

In fact, just take a look at the “our work” dropdown.

http://www.nolabels.org/


18 posted on 10/08/2013 6:28:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Any moron that would take the word of a PROVEN liar should be replaced in Congress.


19 posted on 10/08/2013 6:29:52 PM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Surrender first, then negotiate?

I'd love to play poker with this POS.

20 posted on 10/08/2013 6:31:18 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: griswold3
Stop the nationalization of the medical industry by the Democrat degenerate socialist sex perverts and their minions.

The Democrats on the House Rules committee can make extra bucks working Freak Shows!

Isolate these vermin, F them and their constituents.

CLASS WAR is a 2 way street.

Guess what.

Our side don't care about a shutdown, because we ACTUALLY PAY TAXES and don't be getting any assistance from the DC apparatus anyways.

21 posted on 10/08/2013 6:31:41 PM PDT by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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End the Shutdown and Negotiate

Yeah, SKA-REW that!

Right now, it's only 17% shutdown. Restore some of the current shutdown and start working on the other 83%....that's where the real money is.

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.

Well you should be doing your best to delay, defund and dismantle all or parts of the federal bureaucracy because much most of it is harmful to this country in the long run.

22 posted on 10/08/2013 6:31:42 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (The "government" is nothing but a RAT jobs program)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

I think he’s speaking a tad above his lay grade.


23 posted on 10/08/2013 6:32:31 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Total Idiot


24 posted on 10/08/2013 6:33:24 PM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: ican'tbelieveit

What an idiot and a wuss.


25 posted on 10/08/2013 6:37:19 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
I will take him at his word that he is willing to work with Republicans on a budget agreement to bring down our debt.

You sire, are a fool. If any of you, on both sides, really wanted to fix this problem, you would have done so in the weeks and months leading up to this point - you could have done your jobs and proactively addressed this problem like all businesses and families would do.

I say again, you are a fool if you believe him.

26 posted on 10/08/2013 6:39:13 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Reminds me of the cowardly politician in Braveheart. “Men! Don’t flee! Wait until we’ve negotiated!”


27 posted on 10/08/2013 6:39:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: ican'tbelieveit; george76
Really just done with this guy.
28 posted on 10/08/2013 6:40:07 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

All I’m hearing is, “Bleat, bleat, bleat...”


29 posted on 10/08/2013 6:41:56 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Geesh. Read down the moron’s facebook page. I’m embarrassed for him today.


30 posted on 10/08/2013 6:45:56 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Bed wetter.


31 posted on 10/08/2013 6:47:44 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Cyber Liberty
How about this post by "him" on the 3rd:

Despite the best efforts of the fringe wings of both parties to force a never-ending stalemate, a bipartisan proposal to end this shutdown has been put forward and I am proud to be a part of it.

Really, Mike, you think of your constituents that do not want you to waver in this debate as the "fringe wing?"

32 posted on 10/08/2013 6:50:59 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: ican'tbelieveit

No what we need is for you to resign and go home. CO needs a new congress critter.


33 posted on 10/08/2013 6:56:55 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Oh, I like how he saved out military folks. Singlehandedly. Thank goodness for him, eh? And his bill, of course. And a few hundred other people.


34 posted on 10/08/2013 7:06:05 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
I have to assume this milquetoast is from a district that could go either way in an election. Looks like a good candidate to primary a strong TEA party conservative against. I plan on providing monetary support nationwide against such spineless ambivalence in the face of the threat of America becoming the Soviet Empire 2.
35 posted on 10/08/2013 7:07:31 PM PDT by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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To: Cyber Liberty

He’s getting flamed, as he should. I can honestly say that I will never have written words accredited to my name as embarrasing as “I take him at his word” speaking of Obama.

What a useless tool, fool, etc....


36 posted on 10/08/2013 7:09:29 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

And we should take the word of a man whose middle name is LIAR and who requires candidates for jobs with him to excel at lying, I really don’t think it would be a good idea to agree to anything with his promise to negotiate later.


37 posted on 10/08/2013 7:09:37 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (When His Arrogance talks out of his a$$, Harry Reid's lips move.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
A fair dinkum dildo `e is. kangaroo photo: kangaroo kangaroo.jpg
38 posted on 10/08/2013 7:20:54 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

As a member of the bipartisan group called “No Labels”


Read this and knew immediately this guy’s a liberal....did the Republicans who voted for him know he was a liberal or did he hide it until after he won the election??


39 posted on 10/08/2013 7:30:33 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: DManA

Shove it up Obama’s butt, if he refuses o give up Obamacare.


40 posted on 10/08/2013 7:31:31 PM PDT by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Venturer

If you can pin him down, fine.


41 posted on 10/08/2013 7:34:11 PM PDT by DManA (.)
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To: cripplecreek
I only recognize two for sure. Mark Kirk and Kyrsten Sinema........two candidates to support the Gay Agenda. And Manchin? I thought he was trying to moderate but this is ridiculous.
42 posted on 10/08/2013 7:40:03 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
President Obama is now saying that he is willing to negotiate on additional steps to bring down the debt but only after the partial shutdown has ended and the debt limited is once again raised.

So....give Obama everything he wants, then trust him to negotiate with you after the deal's been struck?

Good grief. This guy's too stupid to play outside alone.

43 posted on 10/08/2013 8:20:17 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Surrender first, then negotiate? I'd love to play poker with this POS.

Oh, his I.Q. would magically rise twenty points if he were playing with his own money.

44 posted on 10/08/2013 8:21:55 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
Add this doofus to the "must be primaried list".

What a strategy: "cave in, then negotiate". Brilliant. Why didn't Sun Tzu think of this one?

45 posted on 10/09/2013 5:11:42 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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