Third District Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse)says he is building a bipartisan coalition of members of congress that are attempting to solve the stalemate in Washington. Congressman Kind spoke by phone on Thursday afternoon from Washington about that coalition and about the “broken” political process in Washington.
Kind says the coalition numbers are growing as last week there were 19 combined democrats and republicans, and now that number is above 40. Kind had much to say about the current partial shutdown, and said he finds the current system has a sort of an attitude that it’s a “my way or the highway”, and it’s not working.
Kind also said the main reason for the shutdown seems to be about Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, and insisted the President is willing to negotiate, but he’s not going to walk into one sided negotiations.
“Those are negotiations that are destined to go nowhere,” said Kind. “The money that is due right now is from the past, not future spending. The bills we have accumulated over the past decade came from two wars that were not paid for, two huge tax cuts for the wealthy, an $800 Billion medicare prescription drug bill. Now when the bills come due, they (Republicans) are refusing to make good on it…because we don’t like the deficits that come from that kind of reckless policy making.They can’t have it both ways. They can’t be supporting huge policy initiatives that cost us a lot of money, and then refuse to pay the bills when they become due, and that’s exactly the game they are playing right now.”
For more you can listen to the entire interview above.
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