Thune: Congress in Process of Back and Forth

Senator John Thune


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sen. John Thune says Congress is in a game of Ping Pong of sorts as competing proposals go back and forth in an attempt to keep the government operating past midnight.

The South Dakota Republican says nobody wants a shutdown, but Republicans also believe that most Americans don’t want “Obamacare” to take effect, either.

He says he would not support a resolution to continue funding the government if it includes funding for the health overhaul.

But Thune says he would vote in favor of a funding measure if the White House and Senate Democrats compromise on key points.

Fellow Republican Rep. Kristi Noem says she wants to avoid a government shutdown but also supports a one-year delay in “Obamacare” taking effect for individuals, just as the president did for businesses.

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