Posted at: 10/10/2013 1:08 PM
| Updated at: 10/10/2013 6:31 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kidnderhook, is part of a group of representatives from both parties trying to find a solution to the ongoing shutdown.
The group is called "No Labels," suggesting they're working in the spirit of bipartisanship.
That could be. Although as of Thursday morning, Gibson is still holding to the basic Republican line on the shutdown confrontation.
“Even if we can’t get the details up, of the plan now, we can get a framework for tax reform, pro-growth tax reform. That’ll be good for upstate New York. That’ll be good for our country,” Gibson said. “A thoughtful spending plan and talk about fairness as it relates to the implementation of the health care law.”
As long as Gibson and his fellow Republicans support House Speaker John Boehner's refusal to bring a bill to the floor that would vote yes or no on the government shutdown, and as long as President Obama and congressional Democrats refuse to add in other issues -- like delays to Obamacare -- the shutdown continues.
NBC News believes there are now enough Republicans who would join with Democrats in the House to pass a so-called clean CR and get the government back up and running. Gibson is not among those Republicans.
“In my view, this shutdown should’ve never happened in the first place. There was a reasonable way forward that essentially brought fairness to the implementation of the law,” Gibson said.
It's not just a disruption of many federal services that is at stake. A week from Thursday, the government will hit its debt ceiling and stop paying its bills. That’s uncharted territory that has the administration and Wall Street extremely concerned.
“And most certainly, we need to pay our debt. Certainly I want to see us come together. I’m encouraged by the breaking developments in the last day,” Gibson added.
The No Labels group paid for the satellite connection that brought Gibson into NewsChannel 13’s control room from the halls of Congress Thursday morning. The questions we posed were our own, not theirs.