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September 20, 2013

Friday's legislation is meant to be first step, not final draft

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WASHINGTON D.C —

"I will never vote to default on our responsibilities," he said. "I don't care about blame. I care about who gets hurt." 

The current bill funds the government through 2015 while financially crippling Obamacare. The law was met with stiff opposition from critics who claim it holds the government hostage. 

With only 11 days until a possible shutdown, Cole said there is plenty of time for Congress to come up with a plan that would keep the government in business. 

"We have thousands of federal and military employees in our district," Cole said. "The people who are arguing for shutting down the government to defund Obamacare are those who have never been in uniform."

Cole admitted the GOP is severely polarized on how to handle Obamacare, with TEA Party backed candidates advocating government shutdown. 

"I certainly disagree with some of the tactics we've seen here, but I do not disagree with the overall goal," he said. 

Despite those tactics, Cole remains positive the seeds planted by Friday's legislation will lead to fiscally conservative fruit.  

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