Pence Says 'Shut It Down'

More

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has been a leading opponent of passing another short-term bill to avoid a government shutdown while sides work out a longer-term plan. Now, he says we should "shut it down" if Democrats don't agree to the kind of cuts Republicans are proposing.

"I think if liberals in the Senate are unwilling to embrace even this modest step toward fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C., then I say shut it down," he told MSNBC's Contessa Brewer.

Via TPM:



Pence seemed like he could get on board with a compromise when I talked to him yesterday, at the tea party rally on Capitol Hill.

"The numbers that are being thrown around are giving a whole new meaning to 'fuzzy math,'" he said when I asked him about cutting $33 billion from last year's spending levels, as Vice President Joe Biden said this week that sides have converged on that number.

"I think H.R. 1 is the deal," Pence said, referencing the bill, passed by House Republicans and rejected by Senate Democrats, to cut $61 billion. "I think Republicans need to dig in."

But he did not say, "No: there will be no compromise." I got the sense--and it was just a sense--that some kind of deal in that range is feasible, even if Pence and other conservative House members are indeed willing to "shut it down."

Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In