- The Washington Times
Monday, March 27, 2017

Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Monday the House Freedom Caucus is torpedoing the GOP’s ability to govern, and said the party should look to work with Democrats to get things done on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Kinzinger said the debate over health care showed that the House GOP is better off building a center-right coalition than trying to wooing “the so-called Freedom Caucus,” whose members, he said, typically are “never, ever, ever going to get to ‘yes.’”

“They have been in existence for about three years and every time they have tried to come to the table they consistently move the goal post and they did that on President Trump,” Mr. Kinzinger said on MSNBC’s “Live with Stephanie Ruhle.”

“So I think we have two options,” he said. “Either they are going to have to see the light and understand that governing is a little different than being in the opposition or we have to reach out to Democrats because the country needs governing. It doesn’t need more of the status quo.”

Mr. Kinzinger said he hopes there can be a bipartisan consensus on tax reform and infrastructure.

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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