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In the wake of a Senate-brokered compromise that would end the partial government shutdown that furloughed over 800,000 federal employees, Rep. Mick Mulvaney said the 16-day closure “was worth having the fight” over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
“We believe what we did is right,” Mulvaney told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “You have to believe that good policy is good politics. If not, you might as well go home.”
Mulvaney also said that he believes John Boehner’s job as Speaker of the House is safe, even after a failed Tuesday vote to pass a House measure that would both fund the government and delay the implementation of the individual mandate for a year. Rather than fault Boehner, the South Carolina Republican said his conservative colleagues deserve the blame for the proposal being scrapped.
“No one blames him for this,” Mulvaney said. “We could not get him the votes. That was our failure. This wasn’t the Speaker’s fault.”