Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) stressed that “we cannot default,” it will be “unacceptable” if no deal is reached by Thursday deadline, and she was never an advocate for defunding Obamacare to fund the government, which was never “a winning strategy.” She told “New Day” Anchor Kate Bolduan that she is “confident” that a deal will pass in the Senate and wants Speaker Boehner to bring it up for a vote in the House.
“I think people are so sick of governing by crisis,” Senator Ayotte said. “I actually hope that if we’re going to do a budget conference that we resolve this on behalf of the nation, a larger fiscal agreement. If not, I think that we can’t have this happen again. So there has to be a resolution up front on what the funding for the government is going to be so that we’re not ever in a position where we shut the government down again. I think we’ve proven that this is not good for the country. And again, I never signed on to this defunding strategy, even though I’m an opponent of Obamacare because I didn’t think it was a winning strategy.”