Durbin: House Bill DOA, Shutdown Certain
"800 thousand federal workers...will be the victims here. But even more important, this hurts our economy. The leaders in business do not want us to do this. They say 'Don't shut down the government'" Durbin said.
Durbin says he's willing to negotiate on Obamacare, but not to throw out the law.
"It's going forward. I fully support that. But lets sit down in a bipartisan and calm way, not with the prospect of shutting down the government or the economy" Durbin said.
The House approved a Republican bill over the weekend extending government funding and delaying full implementation of the healthcare law for one year. The provision makes the legislation a non-starter in the Democratic-led Senate, which has vowed to reject any changes to Obamacare.
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