Lawmakers on Sunday discussed the repercussions of the recent shutdown and debt-ceiling standoffs, including what the outcomes will mean going forward.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she was proud of her fellow Democrats for standing firm against Republican proposals to undermine President Obama's signature health-care legislation in exchange for funding the government
Key GOP legislators such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said their party would not use the threat of a government closure or debt default in upcoming negotiations.
But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who had advocated strongly for brinksmanship to accomplish Republican goals during the last round of talks, said the previous GOP tactic would have worked if more members of his party had refused to back down. He said he would continue to do anything necessary to end the health-care law, including more showdowns over the debt ceiling and funding government operations.
Lawmakers and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), a potential presidential candidate in 2016, also talked about recent problems with the federal Web sites for the new health-insurance exchanges created under the so-called Obamacare legislation.
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