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Thu October 10, 2013
Duffy Says He Would Support Temporary Debt Ceiling Increase
Republican leaders in the U.S. House have offered President Obama and the Democrats a proposal to extend the U.S. debt ceiling until around Thanksgiving.
In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Wisconsin 7th District Republican Congressman Sean Duffy said the G.O.P. is making an effort to stave off what could be a financially catastrophic default...
"...I was just in our morning conference before this call, and the Speaker is proposing a short term increase in the debt limit that will give the parties time to negotiate. It's a good faith effort to get (President Obama) to sit at the table..."
When pressed, Duffy said he would likely vote for the extension...
"....yea, that's what I would do...short term funding, absolutely. Get(the government) open. This is not good for the country that we have a government shutdown. But we also have to have a commitment that people are going to talk, too."
Democrats were quick to point out that an op-ed piece in the New York Times by fellow Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan indicated that Republicans want broad, long-term cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as part of the negotiations.