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Rep. Labrador: GOP Won't Win Senate If They 'Pussyfoot Around' Negotiations

If Republican senators fail to take a harder line in budget negotiations, the GOP has no chance of taking back control of the upper chamber in next year's midterm elections, says Rep. Raúl Labrador.

Senate Republicans are currently engaged in discussions with their Democratic counterparts to reach a compromise on the budget and debt ceiling, all aimed at ending the two-week old government shutdown over GOP opposition to Obamacare, reports Fox News.

But Labrador, an Idaho Republican and tea party favorite, said his fellow party members in the Senate chamber are showing a damaging lack of backbone.

"They always want to wait until the next time," he said, according to The Hill. "And if they continue to pussyfoot around like they do in these battles, they are never going to be able to take back the Senate. And they are never going to be able to actually engage in the fights that the American people wanted them to do."

The conservative says harsh conflict is actually an important part of budget negotiations.

"In the middle of the fight it never looks pretty," he said. "But the reality is that when you get out of the fight you realize that you actually made a difference for America."

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