Barney Frank: Shutdown Will Be Over by Next Week

Outspoken former lawmaker says Republicans in competitive districts will push for a resolution.

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Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the nation's most prominent gay politician, leans back in his chair as he talks about his impending retirement on Dec. 12, 2012
"They're going to feel the heat," former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., says of Republicans on the shutdown.

Former Rep. Barney Franks, D-Mass., believes the congressional gridlock that shut down the government for the first time in 17 years will be over by next week.

The pressure is mounting on Republican members of Congress who don't represent staunchly conservative districts, says Frank, who chose not to run in this most recent election.

"They're going to feel the heat," the traditionally outspoken Frank said.

Whispers caught up with the retired lawmaker at the National Press Club in Washington, DC where he was attending the American Courage Award ceremony.

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