Are House Republicans Starting To Fold?
A growing number of House Republicans are voicing support for a clean CR and as Bloomberg reports with House Democrats, the 17 Republicans would have enough to votes to pass such a bill. As Politico notes, the fear appears to be that Congressional Republicans are in danger of morphing into the anti-Obamacare party rather than one devoted to fiscal conservatism and cutting out-of-control federal spending. The 'angle' appears to be, confirmed by Rep. Peter King (NY), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL), and Richard Hanna (NY), that “the CR is about spending. It’s the spending, stupid. We actually won 100 percent there," rather than obscure victory with an Obamacare focus. So far Boehner has shown no willingness to bring such a 'clean' bill to the floor.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., tells Miami Herald he would vote for clean continuing resolution that maintained spending reductions.
Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., tells Utica Observer-Dispatch he would also back clean bill.
17 Republicans combined with all House Democrats would be enough to pass clean CR.
There is no indication House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, willing to bring such a bill to floor or that Republicans who say they’d vote for it will push Boehner to do so
“We’ve obscured a lot,” said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). “We’ve obscured our victory on the spending level, and we obscured the failures of Obamacare on its first day. … We should show what we got.”
“Let’s remember what the [continuing resolution] battle is about,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.). “The CR is about spending. It’s the spending, stupid. We actually won 100 percent there.”
“There’s three battles going on right now,” said Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). “One is the debt ceiling, the other is keeping the lights on and the third is the government funding level. And the Democrats are going to win on the first two but we’re losing on the third.”
“This is a much lower number than most Democrats feel they can support,” he continued. “If you’re focusing on the budget number, this is definitely a win for [Republicans].”
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