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Most Wisconsin congressional members against gov't shutdown over Obamacare

Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Most of Wisconsin’s federal representatives are against shutting down the federal government to block funding for the Obama health reform law.

Congress will have to act to keep the government going beyond September 30th. Texas Senate Republican Ted Cruz has talked about a temporary shutdown to push through a resolution to stop next year’s funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Wisconsin Senate Republican Ron Johnson, who won his seat three years ago by opposing Obamacare, disagrees that a government shutdown is necessary. He said he favors almost anything else that could delay or prevent the major parts of the health act from taking effect in January as scheduled.

Both Johnson and Republican House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville say Obamacare would continue to be funded as an entitlement, even if the government is halted.

Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin said she’d do everything possible to avoid a shutdown. She accused Republicans of, “manufacturing crises that in recent years have led to slow growth for our economy.”

Fond du Lac House Republican Tom Petri said a shutdown would be great if it would reform the government – but he doubts that would happen.