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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.

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4 thoughts on “Morning Action: Obama Threatens Shutdown, Conservatives Propose Solution

  1. If a CNN poll says that BO Care has only 40% approaval, It’s OK for Rino’s and real conservatives to step up and refund this monstrosity. Also, send Stretch Polosi home with a copy and not to come back until she’s read every page. There will be
    a test when she comes back.

  2. The most important bthing at this moment is the fact that one small group of people can shut down the government. My computer keeps on playing games with passwords and account numbers. That does not change the fact, that the government officials are playing with the well being of human beings. Government shut downs are not funny.

  3. I am not a regular on the internet, but today I am full. Our leaders must come together to solve the problem of this country. The government officials are not children, so stop playing games. Government officials do not have to walk the streets of our community. They do not have to answer to debt collectors and other companies who want to get paid. people can not pay bills if they are not working.
    people are living a hot dream, all is not well today , people are concern about themselves and their families. This is no joke and should not be played with. Too many people are sick of cancer and families are being moved out of the homes for all kinds of conditions that simply did not exist tens years ago.
    Things are changing faster can we realize. Government the least you can do is to keep people working. Find another way to get your point across

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