Rep. Mike McIntyre talked to Jon Evans and Ashlea Kosikowski from Washington.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) – As we near the 9th day of the partial government shutdown, Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Democrat, said he has no regrets about voting with Republicans in the House on two measures that linked funding for the federal healthcare law with government funding.
McIntyre was one of only two Democrats to cross the aisle on the bills, which passed in the House; one de-funded Obamacare completely and the other delayed the plan for a year. This ultimately led to the partial government shutdown because the Senate refused to pass a government funding bill that would de-fund Obamacare and the president threatened to veto any such action.
A new poll shows that 62% of Americans blame the Republicans for the stalemate. The poll is from the Associated Press-GfK.
Since McIntyre sided with Republicans on this issue, we asked if he would take any responsibility for the partial shutdown.
"No," he responded. "Because the resolution I voted for not only would allow a delay for Obamacare so we do not have people being penalized with the problems that they're having getting Obamacare set up."
He criticized President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner for "finger pointing."
Today, McIntyre told us he met with Republicans and Democrats who are trying to work together to get leadership on both sides to listen.
He said the "No Labels" group will hold a press conference Wednesday morning to put forth solutions to end the shutdown, but didn't provide further details on what those solutions might be.
McIntyre also joined a Democratic caucus for a meeting with President Obama at the White House Wednesday night.
He said he planned to present the president with a letter urging him to do what was done during the 1978 Camp David Accords, when Egyptian and Israeli leaders met at Camp David and didn't leave until the two countries emerged with a peace deal.
He is asking the president to meet with leaders of both parties and not give up until a solution is made.
Boehner's office said a small group of House Republicans will meet with President Obama on Thursday instead of the full caucus the White House invited.
The White House said Obama also would meet separately Thursday with the Senate Democratic caucus. A meeting with the Senate Republican caucus also is expected soon.
Republicans are demanding talks on deficit reduction and Obama's health care law before approving spending legislation. Obama has said he won't negotiate until the budget is approved and the debt ceiling lifted, with no strings attached.
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