Gingrich: Passage of Budget Bill Will Help GOP Win Senate

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Sunday, 15 Dec 2013 11:53 AM

By Amy Woods

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday the passage of the budget bill last week was well-played by the Republican Party.

"I think this is mediocre policy and brilliant politics," Gingrich said on ABC's "This Week." "It strips away the danger that people will notice anything but Obamacare."

The compromise reached Tuesday and announced by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, a Democrat, and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Republican, not only avoids a government shutdown but also ends the drama surrounding it.

"The longer the country watches Obamacare, the more likely the Democrats are to lose the Senate," Gingrich said, describing the Affordable Care Act as a "giant game-changer."

The fact that five million Americans have lost their health insurance since October and 350,000 have enrolled in Obamacare is a sign of the law's ineffectiveness, he said.

"That's a pretty bad exchange rate," Gingrich said.

Regarding immigration and the possibility of a vote on a piece of legislation in 2014, he said he believes House Republicans will move in that direction next Spring.

"[House Judiciary] Chairman [Bob] Goodlatte wants to move something," Gingrich said.

On the topic of homelessness, which gained attention last week as a result of a five-part series in the New York Times, Gingrich offered some advice for his colleagues.

"The Republican Party has an obligation to rethink some if its indifference to the very poor, and I think the Democrats have an obligation to ask themselves, 'After 50 years of the war on poverty, isn't it clear that government isn't a very good solution?' " he said.

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