Shutdown is unlikely, Tipton says
Better to pass the hot potato of government shutdown to the U.S. Senate than try to force the issue in the House, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said.
The continuing-resolution package the Republican-run House will consider is being crafted, Tipton said, but it’s unlikely to include the kind of brinksmanship that forced a shutdown when House Republicans faced down President Bill Clinton, a Democrat.
“We’re definitely going to push our agenda,” Tipton said, adding, “Frankly I don’t think Republicans or Democrats want to see a shutdown of the government but we do have two competing ideas. One legislative body is intent on spending more and taxing more and regulating more.”
Tipton was referring to the Democrat-dominated Senate, which would normally take up a House spending bill, such as a continuing resolution, amend it and send it to a committee, which would then churn out a version to be acted on by both houses. “Let’s let the process work for a change,” Tipton said.
Still to be decided is the shape of the House measure, he said.
House Speaker John Boehner has voiced a proposal to avert a shutdown at the end of September with a “short-term” budget bill that maintains sequestration spending cuts.
Boehner is to headline a fundraiser for Tipton on Friday in Steamboat Springs. Boehner appeared at a rally and fundraiser in southwest Colorado in 2012 with Tipton.
The Steamboat event will cost participant $250 for a regular ticket, $1,000 for an attendee’s photo with Boehner, and $2,500 for a roundtable discussion and a photo. “He will take all questions, and he has” in the past, Tipton said.