As Congress readies for another debt ceiling debate, one Republican is convinced that a government shutdown is the solution.
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) appeared on CBS' "Face The Nation" on Sunday, voicing firm support for a suspension of government services. He cited 1995's federal stoppage, pegging that event as the "impetus" for "some real serious compromise."
"I think it drove Bill Clinton in a different direction, a very bipartisan direction," Salmon said. "In fact, we passed welfare reform for the first time ever, and we cut the welfare ranks in the last decade and a half by over 50 percent. These are good things. We also balanced the budget for the first time in 40 years in 1997, 1998, 1999. And when I left, we had over a $230 billion surplus."
Host Bob Schieffer responded: "You think that's a good idea?"
Salmon did not budge, replying "Yes, I do."
"You really do?," Schieffer asked, prompting Salmon to add that he thinks "it's about time" for the shutdown to happen.
Additional Republicans pledged this past week that a government shutdown was in the cards without spending cuts and entitlement reforms. In an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said that his party needed "to be willing to tolerate" that possibility. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) used an op-ed in The Houston Chronicle to express similar sentiments, adding that "it may be necessary."
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