Sen. Tom Coburn said he remained optimistic that a crisis will be averted. “Oh, we’ll get it done. It’s all just posturing,” the Oklahoma Republican said.
Of course, the veteran conservative was speaking specifically about the Senate. “Oh, not the House. Those guys believe what they believe,” Coburn said.
A GOP Senator also warned that new economic data released Friday, which showed the economy was growing at a much slower rate than had been thought, would do nothing but embolden tea party conservatives.
“It’s only going to make tea party guys more convinced they are right,” the Senator said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.