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Originally published October 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM | Page modified October 3, 2013 at 5:55 AM

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State’s GOP delegation noncommittal on shutdown

The Republicans in the Washington state congressional delegations aren't saying whether they would back a spending bill that dropped the GOP condition that the Affordable Care Act be delayed.

Seattle Times Washington Bureau

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WASHINGTON — None of the four House GOP members from Washington will say if they back a “clean” spending bill stripped of the condition to delay the Affordable Care Act to end the government shutdown.

A spokesman for Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said Wednesday the second-term Republican from Camas wants to get government reopened as quickly as possible. But he would not say whether Herrera Beutler thinks the GOP should drop its demand on Obamacare.

“At this time she still doesn’t think it will help to second-guess House leaders’ strategy in the media while negotiations are ongoing,” the spokesman, Casey Bowman, said.

Herrera Beutler left town Tuesday to return to Palo Alto, Calif., where her infant daughter, who was born without kidneys, is hospitalized.

The offices of Republican Reps. Doc Hastings of Pasco and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, did not respond.

The office of Rep. Dave Reichert of Auburn emailed his response: “I will continue voting for legislation on the House floor that keeps the government running.”

McMorris Rodgers, who as chair of the House Republican Conference is one of Speaker John Boehner’s three top lieutenants, has been a vocal critic of the health-reform law. She, along with Reichert, Herrera Beutler and Hastings, have uniformly voted to defund or repeal it.

House Democrats have voted in lockstep against every Republican proposal for temporary spending bills — all of which came tied to conditions to delay or repeal Obamacare, or to fund the government piecemeal to keep national parks or museums open.

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, posted a statement on his Facebook page saying Democrats have enough GOP support to reopen the federal government.

“But Republican leaders aren’t willing to go against the wishes of the hard-line conservatives in their party,” he wrote. “The Tea Party brought us this shutdown and now is refusing to let us end it.”

Kyung Song: 202-3836108 or ksong@seattletimes.com. Twitter: @KyungMSong

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