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October 5, 2013

House hard-liners stand united in budget showdown



“If I would never figure out how to negotiate at the age of 20, I would have went broke, flat broke,” said Mullin, who often talks about buying his first suit when he came to Washington. “You have to know what you want and ... what you’re willing to accept when you’re going to a negotiating table.”
Obama and Democrats have said they are willing to talk about changes to the health care law but not until House Republicans vote on a bill to open the government. Senate leaders have repeatedly said they won’t negotiate with a gun to their heads.
Mullin is a father of five, including 2-year-old twin girls he adopted earlier this year. The twins had been separated since they were three months old.
Mullin has said he will give back his salary during the shutdown.
Back in Crowder, Okla., Lonnie Anderson is cheering on Mullin in the high-stakes showdown with Obama and Democrats. The 71-year-old retired nurse likes some elements of the health care law, such as the requirement for insurers to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, and allowing young people up to age 26 to remain on their parents’ plans.
But she fears that the law derided as “Obamacare” is a path to socialism and insists that if Obama can delay some requirements such as forcing big businesses to provide health coverage for their employees or face a penalty so can Congress.
“He’s been picking out the different parts of the law that he doesn’t like or going to hurt him right now and putting it off,” Anderson said. “Well, I don’t see anything wrong with us picking out things that aren’t right.”
Anderson speaks fondly of Mullin, recalling a time when she met him during a campaign event, told him of her upcoming surgery and asked for his prayers. She was surprised when he stopped, held hands and prayed with her.
Anderson said Mullin and the GOP “need to fight for everything they can.”

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