MADISON (WKOW) -- Tuesday marks the beginning of week two of the federal government shutdown.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democratic Senate still can't agree on a temporary spending plan to reopen the government. Republicans have refused to pass anything unless it defunds or delays the Affordable Care Act. However, Democrats won't allow a plan that affects the new health care law.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) has been a vocal critic of the shutdown and Tea Party Republicans. He says enough moderate Republicans support a bill to reopen the government without any changes to Obamacare.
"I think if you would allow a vote, it would pass," Pocan told 27 News Monday while discussing the shutdown with seniors at a Madison senior center. "Because I think there's enough members on the Republican side, they have a 17 seat margin, last time I looked it was 21 Republicans who said they would vote for [a clean spending bill.] Unless they're not telling the truth back at home, we have an opportunity to pass it."
The Senate has already passed continuing resolution to get the government going again. It now sits with the House. Pocan is calling on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring the bill up for a vote.
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