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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.