By Bob Cusack - 10/03/13 03:39 PM EDT
Rep. Pete King said the government shutdown could last "several weeks. "The New York Republican is working with centrist GOP lawmakers to stop the shutdown by rallying support for a "clean" government funding bill.
Senate Democrats and President Obama back that approach, but it is strongly opposed by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Unless there is some type of bipartisan deal soon, King said the shutdown is here to say for a while.
King believes Republicans would eventually back a clean bill without ObamaCare language but hopes it happens sooner instead of later.
"You can't have this tyranny of a Ted Cruz minority running the Republican Party," King said.