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The current budget crisis could be resolved if the Speaker of the House of Representatives would allow members to vote on a “clean” continuing resolution, U.S. Rep John Barrow said Monday.

Rep. John Barrow, an Augusta Democrat, speaks Monday in Evans  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Rep. John Barrow, an Augusta Democrat, speaks Monday in Evans

The Democrat congressman whose 12th District covers much of the Augusta area, spoke to a group of constituents Monday morning at the Columbia County Government Complex in Evans. He told those gathered that enough Republican support was there to end the standoff if House Speaker John Boehner will allow a vote that did not include defunding the Affordable Care Act.

“I think it would pass if he would allow it,” Barrow said. “He’s the traffic cop. He’s the one who gets to decide what we vote on.”

Whether that will happen, remains to be seen. Boehner has said he will not allow such a vote.

Barrow said the government shutdown was forced by a small faction of Republicans and it will be up to Boehner and House leadership to end the stalemate.

“We don’t have to shut down 99 percent of the government because we don’t agree on one percent,” he said. “It looks like those folks who started this are going to have to feel more pain before this is over.”

The last time Congress passed a budget was five years ago. Since then, both houses have voted to continue spending based on that budget in several “continuing resolutions.”

Barrow said that fact that Congress continues to debate and vote on continuing resolutions instead of passing a new budget is a failure of the leadership to set priorities.

“You can’t tell me that our priorities are the same as they were five years ago,” he said.

YeSun Wiltse asked Barrow why he voted against the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” before it became law, but has not supported the effort to defund it now that is being implemented.

Barrow said all his votes on Obamacare have been consistent to the position taken by former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, to “repeal and replace” the law.

Barrow said there are some things in the law “worth keeping,” such as the so-called “Patient’s Bill of Rights” that creates a structure for immediate appeals to coverage decisions made by insurance companies. He’s also supports the law protections for people with preexisting health conditions, who would not otherwise be able to get health insurance.

He is opposed to portions of the law that require employers to offer health insurance and also opposed the “individual mandate,” which requires most people to buy health insurance or to pay a penalty.

Barrow said there is room for President Obama to negotiate without defunding the healthcare law.

He said he would support repealing the 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices, and replacing is with another funding option.

“I think that is our most likely out,” he said.

If the standoff continues to Oct. 17 – deadline for Congress to raise the debt limit – Barrow said the consequences could be dire. Failure to raise the debt ceiling would be “very damaging” to the United States, he said.

“We don’t even know how damaging it could be,” Barrow said. “It is like going out onto thin ice. You don’t know you’ve gone too far until it is too late”

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/07/13 - 01:10 pm
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Barrobama

Mr. Barrow is starting to sound like Obama. Pass it then we'll negotiate. If only 2 points of Obamacare are good, then pass those in separate bills and repeal the original!! If Barrow votes to end it without that then he needs to be replaced. He's become a CAREER POLITICIAN!!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/07/13 - 01:10 pm
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barrow
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is a lefty democrat. Enough said.

fishman960
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fishman960 10/07/13 - 02:18 pm
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Lies

If you continue to tell a lie, then eventually you will be believed. You just have to continue saying the same thing over and over like it is the Republicans that refuse to negotiate. Just look at how many Americans Believe that lie!

pwren46
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pwren46 10/07/13 - 04:42 pm
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Big Spender

Barrow is just another tax and spend Democrat. Not only are taxpayers going to have to outlay cash for their own insurance, but also have to pay additional taxes to fund other people's insurance as well.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/07/13 - 02:53 pm
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One Percent

From John Barrow:

“We don’t have to shut down 99 percent of the government because we don’t agree on one percent,” he said.

The other story says that the furloughed workers are now coming back to work at Fort Gordon. I'm still getting my mail. I used the NOAA website yesterday and everything was good. There is no way that 99 percent of the government is shut down. Barrow is just as much a Chicken Little as Obama is. You cannot believe either one of them.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 10/07/13 - 03:03 pm
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CoastalDawg
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CoastalDawg 10/07/13 - 04:41 pm
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Harry Reid is the conductor that is holding up the train

"The last time Congress passed a budget was five years ago." That statement in and of itself is a crime - the congress is mandated to pass a budget. "Barrow said that fact that Congress continues to debate and vote on continuing resolutions instead of passing a new budget is a failure of the leadership to set priorities." There is the total answer right there, a failure of leadership except I would say a LACK of ability to understand what leadership really is. Mr Barrow did fairly well as a congressman in his previous district but he is the last Democrat for whom I voted (Republican candidates against him were worse than weak) and the last person carrying that designation for whom I will EVER vote. President Obama and his cronies in the senate can continue to try to pass blame as he has done since day one of his regime, but people who pay attention will absolutely KNOW that this whole thing was set up years ago by that failure to pass a budget and then by ramming through Obamacare in the face of expressed wishes of we the people NOT to pass it. If fully implemented it will take ALL personal responsibility and authority out of the hands of individuals and pass them over to the government; that is one of the reasons for a federal drivers license passed a few years ago. It seemed so harmless then but the life chain that it carries is important for the government to keep tabs on everyone, every move, all the time. Combine that with the NSA snooping and on and on and we can see a pattern that has developed into what is now a monstrosity on the horizon. IF the Republicans give in now and allow this thing to stand, all hope will be lost. NO positive promises made by Obama have been fulfilled- fortunately some of the negative ones such as overwhelming prices for electrical use (it's on the way folks) and killing the coal industry have not happened. Mr Barrow now though is casting himself into the court of Obama with his call for compromise, NOT on the part of the Democratic senate who hold the strings. The Republicans have sent bills to fund government operations but "little man" has refused to consider them at the behest of the president who continues to hold America hostage with his ridiculous closings of even open air places that belong to the people, not to him, not to congress. Those WWII veterans refused to be shut out - it's time for other places to be made available, too.

willie7
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willie7 10/07/13 - 07:31 pm
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It so sad that some people
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It so sad that some people believe everything the Republicans do or say. And it is the white males---ages 45-85 that is being duped.
.As Karl Rowe says, we Republicans can fool the southern white men but have some trouble with the women.

SRD
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SRD 10/07/13 - 08:02 pm
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Well Said

Well said Coastal Dawg, I can't improve on your comments. Sorry you along with so many others that voted for Barrow. He is a career politician like many others that have to be replaced and voted out of office in 2014 by true constitutional conservatives.

OJP
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OJP 10/07/13 - 09:31 pm
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He's right. Call the vote and this ends.

Or, we can keep going down this road and give the House to the Democrats in 2014.

KSL
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KSL 10/07/13 - 10:16 pm
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Y'all need to get rid of

Y'all need to get rid of him.

In the last decade and a half, the bulk of our state income tax was paid to GA. But we didn't live there. Taxation without representation.

KSL
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KSL 10/07/13 - 10:17 pm
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Be honest

That is exactly what you want.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/07/13 - 10:29 pm
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Which One?

Which option do you prefer, OJP?

1. Call the vote?

2. Go down this road?

KSL
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KSL 10/07/13 - 10:58 pm
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Put the whole ACA into

Put the whole ACA into effect. No exemptions. For everybody, the Feds inclued. Of course oh the high level people people can afford to pay right out of their investment accounts. Doesn't that fit right in with the commenters who claim that the US is way down the ladder on health care.

Why don't the people, like the ones covered by our government leave our country for the superior care they can receive elsewhere?

KSL
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KSL 10/07/13 - 11:09 pm
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Are all of the White House

Are all of the White House chefs off? How about the $100,000 dog caretaker. I know someone who is getting social security disability benefits who could possibly qualify for that 6 figure income. And he stated he would be willing to go back to work.

KSL
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KSL 10/07/13 - 11:19 pm
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Dump him.

Dump him.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/08/13 - 06:29 am
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Barrow

Is half Democrat, half Republican, and all Politician. Needs to go.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 10/08/13 - 08:27 am
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sick Turncoat!

citizen7
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citizen7 10/08/13 - 08:55 am
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Its funny. When Ronald Regan

Its funny. When Ronald Regan was running BILLION dollar deficits, I remember the media at the time beating the "DEFICITS, DEFICITS, DEFICITS" drum. Now that we are 16+ TRILLION dollars in debt and plan to add ANOTHER trillion, with no end in sight, the media's concern for deficits has dried up and been replaced by OBSTRUCTIONIST! The whole reason for defunding Obamacare is to reduce our bloated budget and get it balanced. God help us.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/08/13 - 09:07 am
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Shameless-It's Republicans

Shameless-It's Republicans fault with one hand, but then I support Rep by this, this, this of the ACA which is a lie, lie, lie cause he will walk the progressive party line and not support Rep.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/08/13 - 09:12 am
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Anderson

There was a good chance that an articulate republican would have beaten Barrow in 2012, but the nominating process that put Lee Anderson on the republican ticket doomed that possibility. I have to confess that I voted against Anderson. I will not vote for Barrow again. There is a chance that Barrow can be beaten in 2014.

fishman960
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fishman960 10/08/13 - 09:21 am
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Money

How in the world can anyone believe that raising the debt ceiling does not raise the debt? It does not make logical sense to me.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/08/13 - 09:29 am
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If harry reid
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wasn't an idiot, his son wouldn't have been accused of criminal activity, from reports I've heard. You expect a rational decision from someone who can't even raise a son?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/08/13 - 09:40 am
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Obama and Senate Dems

Obama and Senate Dems orchestrated all this as a well planned strategy-and even they admit it's working. My bet the President would actually default on our debt (when he doesn't have to) just for ideology and belief this would destroy the Rep party. The President is orchestrating the sequester, orchestrating the ACA law unconstitutionally with no authority, and now this debt showdown. He would destroy our economy for politics because he is the only person who can allow us defaulting on our debt.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/08/13 - 10:27 am
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Recess

I would just as soon John Boehner adjourn Congress and send everyone home for an extended Columbus Day holiday. They can re-convene on October 31 and have a masquerade ball.

Darby
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Darby 10/08/13 - 11:02 am
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Oh, now it's so perfectly clear.

Barrow says, just give my lord and master what he demands and we can get back to the real business of Congress, like re-naming national parks or funding studies of the sex life of blowflies and gnats.

You know, the really important stuff.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 10/08/13 - 12:03 pm
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Barrow has the difficult task

Barrow has the difficult task of being a "conservative democrat" which is as mythical as the tooth fairy in a Progressive Democratic party. He can squawk and play to interest groups all he wants (holdin' his daddy's gun) but he represents the Progressive Democratic line no matter the rhetoric outta his mouth.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 10/08/13 - 01:52 pm
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Dems like Barrow never saw a tax dollar they didn't want to spend. It's a simple fact that as a country we're on the road to a national bankruptcy. Sooner or later the mess will hit the fan and it's going o get real ugly when all the free stuff disappears.

OJP
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OJP 10/08/13 - 11:25 pm
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@LittleLamb:

Considering I have family members who are being DIRECTLY affected by this already, I'd prefer if the House GOP did their jobs and called the d--- vote.

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