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Dennis Ross: 'We've lost the CR battle'



Rep. Dennis Ross, the conservative Republican from Lakeland, says the GOP leadership needs to let go on the budget fight.

“We’ve lost the CR battle,” Ross, referring to the continuing resolution to authorize government spending, said in an interview with Bloomberg. “We need to move on and take whatever we can find in the debt limit.”

"I'm not questioning my leadership. I’m just suggesting that we need to take stock of where we’ve come and realize what it’s going to take for where we want to go,” Ross said, adding that he still favors changing the health-care law.
 “We’ve got to be realistic about that and not go so far as that we do things that shut down the government to a great degree or default on our debt,” Ross said. “There’s room to make sure we continue on our course and not have catastrophic events.”

A spending deal would clear the way for compromises on other issues, such as immigration and revising the tax code, he told Bloomberg. “There are a whole lot of other issues that haunted us at the election other than Obamacare,” Ross said. “I would hope there’s at least enough of us to constitute a majority of reasonable people that realize we need to give and take."

Earlier this week, Rep. C.W. Bill Young also said it's time to move on. Democrats have tried to force votes on a so-called clean CR but they have been rejected as out of order by Republicans. Democrats say that's a sign of hypocrisy among Young and others.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 5, 2013 5:25pm]


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