Sunday show roundup: Lawmakers analyze shutdown fallout

October 20, 2013

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

(Win McNamee/Getty Images)
(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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