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Collins says shutdown showdown was unpopular, but important

By B.J. Williams News Director
GAINESVILLE - Even though polls are painting Congressional Republicans in a negative light following the 16-day partial government shutdown, North Georgia Congressman Doug Collins said Friday the battle was important.

Collins, a guest on WDUN's Morning Talk, acknowledged recent polling information that says Republican House members may be in jeopardy of losing their jobs over the showdown that kept the federal government partially closed for the first half of the month. However, he said if conservatives lose those offices, Americans will be in trouble.

"If the Democrats take control of the House [in the next election], there is absolutely nothing to stop them on climate change, economic issues, Obamacare issues, anything else," said Collins.

The Gainesville Republican told Morning Talk co-host Ashley Bell, who asked what good had come from the showdown, that even though the GOP lost the battle over Obamacare funding, they were able to make some headway with slowing government spending.

"Out of all this negativity, I want to say a positive that came out of this is that for the last two years a minority party in Washington - now, we have the House, but we don't have the Senate and we don't have the White House - in a position of being outnumbered two to one, we gained the sequester," said Collins. "We actually lowered the budget two years in a row. That's the first time that's happened since the Truman Administration."

Collins predicted now that the government has re-opened, Americans will begin to focus on difficulties with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

"It's a bad system, it's a broken system," stated Collins, pointing specifically to problems Americans have had enrolling in health care options online.

Collins predicted the fight will continue to hold the line on government spending in the next two years.

"This fight to me was a microcosm of a battle that we've got to have. If we don't get our debt under control, if we don't get our spending under control, then we're going to be putting on our children and grandchildren things that they can't bear."



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