UNITED STATES – Twenty-fourth Congressional District democrat Dan Maffei raised a few eyebrows when he voted alongside House republicans Monday night.
The bill they passed Monday would have avoided the shutdown, but would have delayed the individual mandate from the Affordable Care Act.
Maffei says he's always been a supporter of the health care reform law, but he also believes both sides need to be willing to make reasonable compromises to keep government running.
At this point, Maffei says he believes it will be up to the President to broker a resolution.
"If he can talk to the Iranians, get them to talk to each other, maybe he can get the Republicans and Democrats to talk to each other. Because at this point, like I said, both sides seem to be totally dug in," Maffei said.
Maffei says ultimately he hopes a "clean" bill which only addresses the shutdown, with no strings attached, will be brought to a vote.