October 14, 2013 in Idaho

Idahoans ask Congress delegation to keep shutdown, officials say

Associated Press

BOISE – Idaho’s congressional delegation says their offices are receiving calls 2-to-1 in favor of continuing the government shutdown until President Barack Obama agrees to defund or delay his new health care law.

But Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry President Alex LaBeau told the Idaho Statesman that the uncertainty is killing business.

“You look at the Washington, D.C., political process right now and it appears they are only playing politics for an election, not worrying about the economy,” LaBeau said.

He said he doesn’t like the health care overhaul but trying to defund it by shutting down the government is a “foolish approach.”

Idaho Republican Sen. Mike Crapo said a deal is still possible.

“In the midst of the political battles that are being waged, there is significant negotiation going on,” Crapo said.

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