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Rep. Pence: 'Shut it Down' if Democrats Won't Agree to Cuts

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- As the federal spending clock ticks down a possible government shutdown on Friday, Republicans are claiming that a failure to keep the government running would be Democrats’ fault, arguing that such a scenario would only come about if Democrats don’t agree to sufficient spending cuts.

But several prominent Republicans are also threatening to vote against any budget deal that in their view doesn’t go far enough in slashing spending.

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., told ABC News Tuesday that if the only alternative is continuing spending at unsustainable levels, “then I say shut it down.”

“Nobody wants to shut down the federal government. But if we don't take decisive efforts to change the fiscal direction of this national government, we're going to shut down the future for our children and grandchildren, and that would be decidedly worse,” Pence said.

“Look -- if liberals in the Senate and in this administration want to continue to play political games instead of accepting very modest budget cuts, then if they'd rather embrace a government shutdown than make a down payment on fiscal responsibility, then I say shut it down. And I still feel very strongly that way.”

Pence said Republicans should stand behind their proposal to cut $61 billion from this year’s spending bills -- and to insist on denying federal funding for Planned Parenthood, as the House voted to do last month.

“I think that's where we draw the line. We dig in and we say, this far and no further,” Pence said. “Things don't change in Washington, D.C., until they have to. And that's why I think that if the administration and liberals in the Senate don't want to come in our direction and accept that modest down payment on fiscal discipline, then let's just have it out.”

Pence also had praise for the budget proposal put forward Tuesday by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., while adding that he’ll probably also throw his support behind a measure that would enact even deeper cuts.

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