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October 9, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Dave Reichert is on record: he backs clean spending bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is on the record: He would vote for a no-strings attached spending bill to end the shutdown.

The Auburn Republican made that declaration during an interview Saturday with KIRO Radio host Jason Rantz (The comment is at the 2:10 mark in the interview).

Rantz asked Reichert if he was among House GOP caucus members who are willing to back a clean spending bill to reopen government. Reichert did not immediately answer, but went on to say, “Whatever bill comes to the floor that opens this government, I’m going to vote yes on.”

“So if (House Speaker) John Boehner today put up a bill that was just a clean resolution, you’d support it? Rantz asked.

“Yes,” Reichert said.

Reichert has avoided such explicit talk in the days before and since the federal government shutdown began last Tuesday.

On Friday, the day before the interview with Rantz, Reichert emailed constituents numerating the various piecemeal bills that House Republicans offered — and Senate Democrats rejected — to reopen select parts of the government.

“Please urge your Senators to pass these bills while we work to find a solution to fix our budget, solve our debt crisis, and get the American economy going again,” he wrote.

Reichert does not mention he would be willing to drop conditions, such as delaying the Affordable Care Act, in order to end the shutdown.

On Tuesday, asked for Reichert’s stance on a clean bill, his spokeswoman said, “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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