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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Congressman Chris Collins (R-27th District) said he will not support a bill to fund the government that doesn't include a delay to the health care reforms; that is the opposite of what he said a week ago.
Prior to the government shutdown, which happened at midnight on October 1, Collins said he would support a so-called clean continuing resolution, which would have avoided the government shutdown by funding the government without tying it to the President's health care law. Back then, Collins said he wanted to have the "Obamacare" fight during debt ceiling negotiations, not leading up to the government shutdown.
The debt ceiling will be reached on October 17, and without authorization from Congress to raise it, America will default on its debt for the first time in history.
Collins now says the calendar has shifted. Because the debt ceiling deadline is approaching, he argued, "What good would it do today, for instance, to do a clean (continuing resolution) to reopen the government today and close it again in a week."
Some political analysts in Washington say the most likely way the shutdown can be solved quickly is for enough Republicans in the U.S. House to join Democrats and vote for a "clean" bill to fund the government.
Collins says he would not be among that group, despite his remarks a week ago.
"At this point in time, it certainly makes no sense to spend a lot of effort on the continuing resolution that doesn't accomplish any real changes in the direction of the deficit and debts of this country," Collins said.
A Quinnipiac University poll recently released shows 72% of Americans oppose the partial shutdown as a way to stop the health care law. Only 22% of those surveyed support the effort.
Even among those who identify themselves as conservatives, more people surveyed said they oppose the shutdown than support it.
When asked by 2 On Your Side's Michael Wooten, "Isn't the public against you and your party's efforts right now?" Collins responded, "Well I know my constituents are fully supportive of what we're doing, which primarily is to get this government focused on reducing our deficits, the runaway debt that is stealing our children's future."
You can watch the entire satellite interview with Congressman Collins from Washington in the video player to the left.