Lamborn only CO lawmaker to vote "no" on debt deal
Updated On: Oct 17 2013 09:47:13 PM CDT
Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn was the only Colorado lawmaker to vote "no" on the debt deal that re-opened the government, even though he represents Colorado Springs, the city with the highest percentage of impacted workers in the nation.
"I was prepared to hold my ground unless we were going to have serious repercussions on the economy," Lamborn said Thursday after he returned from Washington. "I would not want that. And we did not see that. People like Moody's were saying we could go past the 17th, and we could continue paying on our debt."
Some estimated that October 17 was the date America would default on its debt, while other experts said the US Treasury would have had a week or two beyond that date. Still, the partial shutdown impacted hundreds of thousands of government workers and Standard and Poors estimates it took $24 billion from the US economy.
"The fight we were fighting to limit Obamacare is a fight worth fighting," Lamborn said.
KRDO asked Lamborn if he still feels the shutdown was a good way to de-fund or delay President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
"It turns out it did not work. So maybe in 20/20 hindsight someone can say you shouldn't have even tried that," Lamborn said. "It was a fight worth fighting. Obamacare is going to be so bad for medicine, so bad for the economy."
But he says he doesn't anticipate that Republicans will use Obamacare as a bargaining chip again.
"I don't see how we can do that through the same thing we just went through," he said.
The deal made by Congress only funds the government through January 15.
"I hope we don't have to do this again," Lamborn said. "I hope we can negotiate with the Senate."
We asked Lamborn what he would say to the people barely able to scrape by during the shutdown who are fearful it could happen again in January.
"I don't think anyone wants to see this repeat itself," Lamborn said. "Those employees who were in doubt about getting paid, they are going to get paid every single penny. So there shouldn't be any doubt about that."
Lamborn went on to emphasize that only a part of the government was shut down.
"Only 17 percent of government outlays were stopped. Eighty-three percent of the federal government outlays continued on during the last 16 days," he said.
Sixty-two percent of House Republicans voted against the debt deal.
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