A Democratic Congressional Candidate in Central Illinois says the House Republicans have just walked away from the table by choosing to let the government shut down over their demands to de-fund the Affordable Care Act. Former Chief Circuit Judge Ann Callis is running for the party nomination in the 13th district against two U of I Professors. She says the GOP and incumbent Representative Rodney Davis have shown they will ignore reasonable solutions no matter what the cost is.
"And I just do not comprehend this type of extreme behavior that shuts down our government, hurts our economy, hurts our seniors, hurts our veterans. It's inexcusable."
The Republican Davis, though is blaming the Senate and President Obama for bad faith negotiations. Davis also has primary opposition. Callis says government shutdown should never be used as a tactic. Davis says in a statement that the Senate is even unwilling to remove a special rule to allow a federal subsidy on health care coverage for members of Congresss. Callis says the health care law passed Congress and was upheld by the Supreme Court and should be implemented. If there are problems, Callis says negotiation can fix them. She says the House should have passed a budget as the Senate did this year and sent it to Conference Committee. In some previous years the Senate has failed to pass a spending plan.
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