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Congressman Sean Duffy says President needs to negotiate with GOP

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI-7) says he does not see the federal government shutdown ending within the next week.

Rep. Duffy says he was never supportive of the Tea Party's attempts to try and defund the Affordable Care Act last month and that he would support ending the shutdown right now.

"I would vote for a short-term, clean funding mechanism that would open the government up as we negotiate this, but I don't think that's gonna happen," said Rep. Duffy, speaking from Capitol Hill Friday morning.

But as both sides continue to dig in, Rep. Duffy still argues strongly that President Obama should come to the negotiating table with House Republicans.

He wants the President to agree to a one-year delay of the mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance and wants the President and his staff to agree to purchase insurance through the federal marketplace.

"Listen, when the American people understand, when they watch the news, see your program that the President doesn't want the administration, his team, to be in Obamacare - he wants a separate program for them funded by the taxpayer, they don't like that," said Rep. Duffy.

Rep. Duffy is the featured guest on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.  He hints that another fight may be coming soon.

"I also support raising the debt limit as long as we have reforms to the way our government operates," said Rep. Duffy.

Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) to talk about their role on the new Committee to Review Common Core Standards.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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