Jindal calls for ‘structural changes’ in Congress

October 2, 2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Wednesday that the standoff in Congress that triggered a federal government shutdown is symptomatic of a larger problem that won’t be solved until “structural changes are made.”

“Regardless of how they resolve the short-term challenge, we’re going to be right back here,” Jindal told reporters in Washington. “Y’all are reporters, you’re going to have to come up with new names. It was the ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ it will be ‘Fiscal Armageddon,’ it will be ‘Fiscal Part 3.’ I don’t know what you’re going to call it.”

When asked about what he thought of the House GOP strategy to tie Obamacare to the debate over funding the government, Jindal declined to weigh in. He only said he agrees with their sentiment that the health-care law should be repealed “not for political reasons, but because it’s bad policy.”

The chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a former congressman, Jindal said that even if the current impasse over the short-term budget is overcome, the looming debt ceiling standoff all but guarantees a new round of sparring.

“We continue to kick the can down the road,” he said.

Among the structural changes Jindal raised as possibilities: The requirement of a supermajority to raise taxes, a balanced budget requirement and term limits.

Jindal also announced an online campaign designed to highlight the work of Republican governors dubbed the "American Comeback.”

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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