Governor Mike Pence expressed frustration with the federal government shutdown Friday, calling on the president and congressional leaders to find common ground. He also offered a potential solution for the stalemate.
Earlier this week, Pence made remarks that seemingly indicated he thought the government shutdown was worthwhile.
Then on Friday, the governor said he was speaking broadly about efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and that he is disappointed in the shutdown. He also called out the Obama administration, saying the president needs to take the lead in working out a deal in Congress.
Pence says his recommendation is a repeal of what he calls the “job-killing” medical device tax contained within the Affordable Care Act.
“I truly believe that it has bipartisan support in the House and Senate and if the president is looking for true common ground to move past this government shutdown, to get the government reopened and accept some changes to Obamacare, I think that’s a great place to start,” he says.
While the shutdown continues, Pence says he has asked the Indiana Office of Management and Budget to evaluate ways the state can provide support to needy Hoosiers affected by the shutdown.