POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Rep. Lance Doesn’t Want to Assign Blame for Shutdown Showdown

Democrats have blamed Republicans for what an impasse that appears will lead to a federal government shutdown. But Congressman Leonard Lance (R-7) told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he doesn’t want to attribute blame anywhere and hopes a compromise can be reached to keep the government operating.

Lance said he doesn’t want to shut down the government and encourages members of the Senate Democratic majority to consider the House proposal to keep the government running.

He said he believes members of Congress shouldn’t receive an exemption from the new health care law as the administration suggested. “Our proposal on the Republican side of the aisle in the House would make sure that we in Congress are treated precisely the same as all other Americans going into an exchange,” he said.

According to Lance, the federal government performs essential services that shouldn’t be stopped and he wants members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to work together to ensure the government continues to operate.

“I don’t want to attribute blame. I want to work in a positive fashion to make sure that we can reach a compromise that will be able to be supported in both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Obama,” Lance said.