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Obama wants a government shutdown, says U.S. Rep. Wolf

Wolf LoudounTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Trevor Baratko U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican, spoke to members of the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club in Loudoun Tuesday. Wolf opined that President Barack Obama wants a federal government shutdown.
U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.-10th), speaking in Loudoun County today, said he believes President Barack Obama wants a federal government shutdown in the fall.

Addressing members of the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club at a local restaurant, Wolf first made the comment in his formal address and then reiterated the claim in an interview afterward.

If the government shuts down, Obama, a Democrat, will use the closure to score political points against Republicans and "stick it to them," Wolf said.

“I believe the president wants us to shut it down … I think he'll literally come at us,” Wolf, a 30-year incumbent, said.

The remarks were preceded by a discussion of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare and widely viewed as the president's legacy achievement. Wolf said he wants Obamacare defunded, but he isn't willing to shut down the federal government to make it happen.

Following Congress' August recess, both chambers will take up a continuing resolution to fund the government, which is currently slated for shutdown after Sept. 30.

Some House Republicans favor attaching to the resolution a provision that will dice funding for Obamacare. But given the president would refuse to sign that bill, Wolf said, a shutdown could be blamed largely on the GOP.

“That's the battle that's going on in my party. There are some that are saying, 'shut it down!'” Wolf said. “ … If we shut the government down, who's going to fund the [Veteran Affairs] Hospital? Who's going to fund the veteran who doesn't have a leg? Who's going to fund the FBI who's working on a counter-terrorism case? Who's going to fund cancer research? … ”

Wolf went on to say he doesn't believe a government shutdown will, in fact, occur. But he's also pessimistic the opposing parties in Congress – in both the GOP-led House and Democrat-controlled Senate – will be able to compromise on long-term budget planning.

White House officials did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has yet to be fully implemented nationwide, and a key component – whether states choose to expand Medicaid and set up insurance exchanges – is still being debated in some places, including Virginia. The Obama administration recently announced a one-year delay in mandating that employers with 50 full-time workers or more provide health insurance to their employees or pay a fine. The delay pushed that mandate back to the beginning of 2015.

"I think Obamacare, or Affordable Care, is going to be a disaster for the country," Wolf said. "I think eventually it's going to be defunded."

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Double sequestration!

Enuf - You are talking about a guy who voted for deficit spending with a smile for 20 out of his nearly 30 years under Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II and then suddenly becomes a deficit hawk in 2008.  For the record, it isn’t just Wolf that does this, but he is the subject here.

The fact these guys can say this with a straight face is disturbing.  The fact people buy it and vote for them is just sad.

You are talking about blaming somebody…well I think it is rather silly.  Each and every is responsible for the country’s crisis. By the way, I also mean us. The government in general for irresponsibly made decisions and we are for not being money-savvy. Can you honestly blame Obama for your skipped mortgage payments or defaulted online cashadvances. I am talking about people in general of course, but yet still we are all responsible for the mess. So until there are such debates we should not be expecting any recovery some time soon.

So Frank…which is it….Obama wants the government to shut down or members of the Republican party want it to shut down?  If both are true, then you need to start blaming your fellow Republicans too…  If Obamacare is so bad then why in the heck didn’t the Republicans put something in place the 8 years Bush II was there—-they had to know it was going to come back up with the next Democrat President…being so short sighted is just one of the major problems for the Republican party.

“Let’s blame the Democrats for standing to benefit from our screw up.” Funny.

First off, both parties are to blame for this clusterfu&&. And Second, Frank is an old fart who should just go away(Moran too).

“You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don’t matter,” Dick Cheney to Paul O’Neil, Treasury Secretary when he warned about rising deficits.  Now GOP is worried about deficits?  AFTER burning through a $1.9 Billion surplus!!?? House GOP are cowards and idiots.

Frank Wolf shut down years ago….not surprised he thinks everyone is doing nothing.  He’s really so out of touch it’s not worth an article…

Please, 10th district, is this the best we can do?

Wolf has been ineffective in office since 1981.  Unfortunately longer than 30 years.  They should make a poster of his face with “Term Limits?” under it. 

I’d say he can help avert the shutdown, but this veteran of Congress isn’t even at the table.  Instead a guy who has been in office 20 less years from Virginia is the power player, while Wolf names another post office and goes after a state regulated toll road owned by a private company.

Any shutdown of the Federal government should include stopping all pay and benefits to EVERY member of Congress until they actually pass budgets. At the rate Congress is moving, that will probably be enough to pay off the national debt.

A good start would be to close Gitmo, now!

Really the republicans want to shut it down but if they do they will take a beating over it like last time. Wolf is just mad that the public is not with his party on this issue.

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