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October 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Dave Reichert backs clean bill to end shutdown — or does he?

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is among a renegade group of House Republicans willing to vote for a no-strings attached spending bill to reopen the federal government.

Or is he?

CNN and The Washington Post on Tuesday both counted the Auburn Republican as supporting a “clean” spending bill to fund government — without delaying Obamacare and other conditions that have provoked a stalemate with Democrats.

House Speaker John Boehner has refused to hold a vote on such bill, claiming there isn’t sufficient Republican support. But a frenzy of whip counting by the media has turned up more than enough GOP votes to reach the 217 mark needed for passage (the Republican-controlled House is split 232-200, with three vacancies).

Reichert was the only one of the four House Republicans from Washington state counted as a “yes” on a clean spending bill.

The New York Times last week reported that Reichert privately questioned the GOP’s end game in the standoff.

But Reichert has repeatedly declined to confirm it. And his public statements have been ambiguous at best.

Asked about Reichert’s presumed support for a clean bill, his spokeswoman, Leighanna Driftmier, said by email,  “The Congressman has been clear that he will continue to support legislation that opens the government.  It is imperative that Democrats come to the table to negotiate a bill that they can agree to.”

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