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Alan Simpson Speaks Out About Shutdown

October 10, 2013 State of Wyoming No Comments
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Who’s at fault for the impasse over the Affordable Care Act that has led to the federal shutdown? Senator Alan Simpson spoke with Wyoming Public Radio earlier this week about the donnybrook.  Simpson says it doesn’t make sense to try to get President Obama to sign a bill that either repeals the Affordable Health Care Act or sets it back a year for a partisan advantage.  Says Simpson, “That’s like one of those crash dummies at GE [that goes] up against the wall and the head snaps back and forth – you’re not going to get anywhere on that.”  He points out that this has been the singular piece of legislation the President done so far regardless of what others think of it.  Consequently, why would he even consider of anything but vetoing such an effort by Congress? Simpson says what the Congress should be focusing on is the federal budget. Simpson says the President himself, the Republicans and the Democrats have said something can be done with the formula called the “Chain CPI” that would save billions of dollars over ten years. Simpson says all sides need to learn how to bend in order to come up with a settlement.  Simpson told WPR if Congress doesn’t resolve the debt crisis, it will have repercussions around the world – especially with those countries that have loaned the US money.

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