Coburn, R-Muskogee, who never backed the strategy of trying to defund Obamacare through a must-pass spending bill, said Wednesday that he didn't think House Republicans should relent now. Both sides, he said, need some way to save face.
“My hope would be that common sense and leadership and compromise solves the problem,” Coburn said.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, held a telephone town hall meeting Tuesday night with residents of his district. Out of more than a dozen calls, only one challenged his position that changes should be made to the health care law as a condition for reopening the government.
Many of the rest praised him and expressed concern that Republicans would back down.
“It's really not hard to stay strong,” Bridenstine responded. “It would be surprising to see the Republicans cave on something so simple” — asking Democrats to negotiate.
Heading back to his office Wednesday after a round of votes on a Republican effort to fund some agencies, Mullin said both sides bear some of the blame and that he didn't know which would blink first.
“Both sides can't give anymore because their whole objective is to make the other side look bad,” he said.