Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman, Ind., said he’s not sure what House Republicans want to get out of the government shutdown, but they’re “not going to be disrespected.”
Stutzman and Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. told David Drucker of the Washington Examiner that the shutdown is now more about strengthening the GOP’s hand when it comes to the debt ceiling negotiations than it is about Obamacare.
“This is not just about Obamacare anymore,” said Grimm.
“We’re not going to be disrespected,” Stutzman added. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”
When House Spear John Boehner, R-Ohio, met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday, he proposed a "grand bargain" that was laughed off the table, an aide told Politico.
“Everybody laughed at him because they’ve heard this song and dance so many times before,” the Democratic aide said.
Stutzman has a history of voting against entitlements. In the past, he voted yes to maintain work requirements on welfare recipients and to put strict limits on the federal “General Welfare” clause. He has repeatedly voted in strong opposition of higher taxes on the wealthy.