Colorado lawmaker presents new budget plan to Speaker of the House in D.C.

New plan to restart the government

DENVER - 7NEWS has confirmed U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, (R-Yuma), met late Wednesday with Speaker of the House John Boehner about a plan to restart the government.

Under the plan presented by Gardner and other newer members of Congress, lawmakers would agree to further tax reforms, budget cuts and an increase of the debt ceiling.  

Gardner feels the plan would have bi-partisan support.

The presentation comes as approval ratings for Congress sink to single digits.

"What are you and your colleagues doing all day?" asked 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart.

"I spent today reaching out to Republicans and Democrats, to senators.  We had several meetings with senators from around the country.  We had meetings with leadership, trying to build this coalition of support.  So, I have more phone calls and meetings to go to tonight," said Gardner.

While plan does not dismantle the Affordable Healthcare Act, it does reduce its funding.  For example, a tax on medical devices and the penalty for not signing up would be eliminated under the plan.

However, one Democratic staffer for a Colorado lawmaker in Washington expressed skepticism about the plan to 7NEWS.



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