US Rep. Lou Barletta switches stance on ending federal government shutdown

WASHINGTON - A Pennsylvania congressman said he's switching his stance and no longer supports a bill to reopen the federal government without strings attached.

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta said Tuesday he now believes the best chance to win congressional approval of a government funding bill is attach a provision repealing a medical devices tax that was in the sweeping 2010 health care law.

House Republican leaders have insisted that the price to keep the federal government funded and operating is to scale back President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Before the Oct. 1 shutdown, Barletta voted with GOP leaders on bills to scale back elements of the law. Then he joined four other Pennsylvania Republicans last week in breaking party ranks and saying he's support a budget bill without strings attached.

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