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Roskam on CNBC: The President Must Come to the Table Because Leaders Negotiate

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Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) went on CNBC's Closing Bell to discuss how Republicans are working to fund critical government services and ensure fairness for all under the president's healthcare law. Click here or on the image below to view the interview.

Excerpt: "Let's make sure that Members of Congress are treated the same way as everybody else and that there's not a special class, and let's also make sure that the business break that was afforded based on the president's delay of the employer mandate, that gets afforded to individuals as well."

The President Must Sit Down And Negotiate With Both Parties

I think it would be incredibly helpful if the president said, "Look, of course I'm willing to negotiate, because leaders in crisis negotiate." So maybe the fact that he's called for this meeting is a suggestion that there's going to be something more than an admonition. I'd like to see him acknowledge is Obamacare costs $1.8 trillion over ten years. So, of course it is related to the debt ceiling and of course, it's related to the current spending conflicts. The other thing is, let's not lurch from one crisis to another. Let's not solve this government shutdown mess only to be right back into the soup as it relates to the debt ceiling.

The House Passed a CR That Keeps the Government Open and Ensures Fairness for All Under Obamacare

The House has said, let's pass a Continuing Resolution. Let's do two other things: let's make sure that Members of Congress are treated the same way as everybody else and that there's not a special class, and let's also make sure that the business break that was afforded based on the president's delay of the employer mandate, that gets afforded to individuals as well. So fairness for all, all the way around. I mean, there's a certain irony that the very bill--that is, Obamacare--that is supposed to be so terrific is something that Senate Democrats are desperately trying to get out of on a personal level. We're just trying to say, treat everybody fairly and fund the government.

The House is Moving Bills to Fund National Parks, Cancer Treatments for Children, Services for Veterans, and Government Services for the District of Columbia

The House has acted already to move and will be moving today to make sure the National Institute of Health is funded, to make sure Veterans are funded, to make sure National Parks are funded. All of those things in an effort to move forward to take drama out of this whole equation.


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