Congressman Barr: Replay Of Government Shutdown Unlikely

Dec 6, 2013

U.S. Representative Andy Barr says it’s unlikely the country will see a sequel to October's government shutdown early next year.

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Congressman Barr was among the Republicans in the House who voted to attach efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act to government funding resolutions in October, the sticking point that eventually led to 16-day government shutdown. At a Commerce Lexington event Friday, Barr reiterated his opposition to the health care reform law but predicted the next round of deadlines early next year won’t be a repeat.

"What I'm hearing is that there's some bipartisan in progress in terms of partially reversing the sequester in exchange for some various pay forms, like auctioning spectrum, like making some reforms to civil services retirement programs, certain things to pay for the partial reversal of the sequester," he said.

At the same time, Barr says he’s skeptical a so-called “grand bargain” might be struck. Instead, he foresees modest progress toward a smaller budget deal.

Asked about the current Congress, which is on track to have its least productive year in modern history, he defended the work he’s doing fighting for fiscal reforms he says will rein in the debt and promote growth.