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McAllister speaks out after Jindal episode in D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNOE 8 News) - 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister is speaking out after Governor Bobby Jindal's statements on the White House lawn.

Jindal was in Washington on Monday and said that President Barrack Obama was "surrendering" to the Democratic agenda. He also spoke out against a federal minimum wage increase.  Jindal also spoke out against Medicaid expansion in the state of Louisiana.

In an interview with the Baton Rouge Advocate McAllister said the following about Jindal's statements:

"I thought, ‘You know what, I'm not going to skirt the issue. Republican, Democrat, it don't matter. Those working poor have paid that money in. That money's going to Washington. It's their money,' " he said. "For me to say I'm against Medicaid expansion makes me the best congressman California and Massachusetts could ever have, because that's where that money's gonna go."

"It's about doing what's right. You keep your people healthy, they'll continue to work. They'll do better," he said. "The money's there. As a business guy, I don't like Gov. Jindal standing up there and trying to use political points" to argue that the state can't afford the small fraction it would eventually have to pay to draw down billions in benefits. "It don't take Einstein to figure out that's a pretty darn good return on your investment."

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