Morning Action: Obama Threatens Shutdown, Conservatives Propose Solution
With just 17 days before funding expires for a portion of the federal government, unnamed White House aides announced President Obama is ready for a government shutdown. But while the administration may be preparing for a partial shutdown, Politico reports party leaders were left in a lurch:
The meeting between House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) 15%and other Democratic leaders with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors and Director of Legislative Affairs Miguel Rodriguez … ended with one of the leaders’ biggest questions unanswered: whether the president was prepared to actively use the bully pulpit to shield House Democrats from political blowback if everybody’s bluffs get called and a shutdown actually happens. (emphasis added)
Nabors said he was aware that they’d need the president’s active rhetorical support to keep the advantage over the Republicans. But he didn’t promise them they’d get it.
As Democrats worried about how to spin a government shutdown for their political advantage, conservatives were stepping up in the House.
Yesterday, Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) 82%and 42 of his colleagues introduced a bill to fund the government for Fiscal Year 2014 while fully defunding Obamacare until 2015. This is the demand made in a letter sent by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) 89% and 80 of his colleagues to House Republican leaders on August 21:
“…we urge you to affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriations bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress, including any continuing appropriations bill.”
Earlier this week, conservative members and their constituents recoiled at the prospect of a gimmick-laden funding bill. Now, conservatives “are stepping up to fill a critical void in the House” to advance a bill that funds the government, but defunds Obamacare.