Chaffetz won’t rule out future shutdowns

Chaffetz won’t rule out future shutdowns
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Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzHouse Dems seek to make officials feel the pain Lawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Top Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ MORE on Monday said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems MORE (R-Ky.) is “flat-out wrong” for pledging that there would be no government shutdowns under his watch.

The Utah Republican said the conservative base is frustrated with GOP leaders in Washington for not taking a tougher stand against things such as ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood funding.

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“No, no. He’s absolutely flat-out wrong,” Chaffetz told reporters on Monday when asked if he would make the same no-shutdown promise as McConnell. “If he wants to say that for his body great. I’m not giving up on anything there.

“We told them if we get the House, we can play defense on the Obama administration. If we get the Senate, we can play offense. And they haven’t seen those bills get to the president’s desk,” Chaffetz continued.

“I’m frustrated, and I am not going to lose any negotiating power and admit defeat before we’ve even started.”

Chaffetz is running for the House Speaker nomination against Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Buzz grows Rep. Amash will challenge Trump as a Libertarian MORE (R-Calif.), the heavy favorite. Long-shot candidate Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) is also in the race.

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Crowley, Daschle named to international cannabis board Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash MORE (R-Ohio) is resigning on Oct. 30. 

Chaffetz conceded McCarthy has more than enough votes to win the nomination for Speaker in a closed-door meeting set for Thursday. But Chaffetz said McCarthy was short of the 218 votes needed to formally be elected Speaker on the House floor. Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is offering himself as an alternative candidate who can bridge the divide between centrists and conservatives.