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McCotter: Lawmakers Must "stay Focused"

Republicans and Democrats have shelved partisan rhetoric for the most part since the Treasury chief and Fed chairman briefed members Thursday night.

"The reality is that you're dealing in a crisis atmosphere of historic proportions, and one has to keep objective and analytical to accomplish what's in the best interest of the American people," Rep. Thaddeus McCotter said. "We have to stay focused."

But that doesn't mean members shouldn't offer markers as the administration works with congressional leaders to craft the legislative response, the Michigan Republican said.

"You're in a crisis atmosphere," McCotter said. "There is going to be a very tight (legislative) deadline. You're going to see people trying to make sure they can get their concerns about this out in the public, to try to get at the bargaining table."

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