government shutdown

GOP Sens. Urge Boehner to Block OCare Bailout

Sarah Ferris, The Hill

14 Republican Senators, led by Marco Rubio are calling on John Boehner to block any spending bill that pays for a program they deride as an “ObamaCare taxpayer bailout,” a move that could prompt another shutdown. 

House Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels; $1Trillion CR Passes

Matt Fuller, Roll Call

After voting to give Obama the authority to arm and train Syrian rebels, the House passed legislation Weds. to fund the gov't until Dec. 11 (at a $1.012 trillion level), moving the bill to avoid a shutdown and address Islamic State orgs.

Cruz Dings Paul Ryan on Gov't Shutdown

Andrew Kaczynski, BuzzFeed

“I will say I don’t think it is beneficial when Republican leadership throws rocks at conservative activists across this country,” Ted Cruz stated. Cruz calls it a “lie” that is “simply not true” that Republican shut down the government.

GOP Senate to House: Don't Screw This Up

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Senate Republicans have put subtle pressure on House members to avoid a messy fight over the border bill, impeachment or a government shutdown. Democrats have recently used the latter two gleefully for fundraising.

R's Prep Short-Term Funding to Keep Gov't Open Through Election Day

Billy House, National Journal

Abandoning all pretense of the House & Senate agreeing on appropriations bills on time, House GOP leaders are tentatively planning to vote next week on a resolution keeping the gov't temporarily funded at current levels beyond the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year, and probably past Election Day.

DeMint: R's Had Little Choice on Debt Vote

Sandy Fitzgerald, Newsmax

Jim DeMint believes R's did the only thing they thought they could do. "Repub. leaders have figured out that they either give Obama all the money and debt he wants or he's going to close the gov't down and blame it on them."

Pete King Blasts 'Moron' Conservs. Opposed to Debt Surrender

By Mario Trujillo, The Hill

Estab. Repub. Rep. Peter King defended John Boehner after the House passed a clean debt-limit bill that raised the ire of conservatives. King branded as “morons” many conservatives in the GOP caucus who consistently oppose any effort to pass the debt limit.

Cruz: Obama Should Apologize for OCare in SoTU

Real Clear Politics Staff

Ted Cruz wants Obama to apologize during the State of the Union address for lying that Americans could keep their doctors. He also said, "Throughout the shutdown, I opposed a gov't shutdown. I said we shouldn't shut down the gov't. I think it was a mistake that Obama and the Democrats shut the gov't down."

Dems v. Repubs. In Debt Ceiling Showdown

Fox News Staff

The Oct. debt ceiling negotiations endned with Repubs. dropping their demands for spending cuts and other concessions and accepting a deal to suspend it through 2/7. The White House stated that Obama will “not pay ransom” for getting Congress to fulfill its duty to increase the ceiling.

TeaParty's McDaniel Blasts GOP-E's Thad Cochran

John Gizzi, NewsMax

"I am running primarily because of [Sen. Thad Cochran’s] inability to follow constitutional constraints, on spending, on sovereignty, and other major issues," tea party candidate Chris McDaniel said, citing Cochran's vote last year to re-open the gov't and funding Obamacare.

Conservatives Pick Biggest Winner of 2013

Ted Cruz topped the biggest winners of 2013 list because he almost singlehandedly re-energized the Tea Party movement and became the model for a new crop of boat-rocking limited government constitutional candidates who are bent on challenging the Republican establishment and finishing the work the Tea Party started in 2009 and 2010.

Who, Aside From Obama, Was the Biggest Winner of 2013?

Did conservatives win by losing in 2013, or were the fights over funding ObamaCare, spending and the debt ceiling the devastating conservative losses the media and establishment Republicans say they were? Take our Biggest Winner of 2013 Poll now.

Gov Waste: $2.5 Bill. in Back Pay for Shutdown Employees

Penny Starr, CNS News

“The White House estimates it cost $2 billion to provide back pay to federal employees ‘for services that could not be performed’ during the shutdown, is roughly $2.0 billion,” the Waste Book 2013 says. “Total compensation costs, including benefits, are about 30% larger, in the range of $2.5 billion.”

Here Comes the Gov't Collapse

Right Scoop Staff

Mark Levin reminds Repubs. that while they're worried about preventing another gov't shutdown, the whole thing is going to shutdown and collapse. There isn’t enough money to pay for the spending that's going on right now.

Americans’ Liberty Matters More than Washington’s Credibility

For two weeks most Americans didn’t notice that the federal government had closed. While other nations may complain that the shutdown undercut America’s position as a great power, we Americans must debate how best to preserve a vibrant market economy and responsive political democracy here in America despite the criticism of foreign governments.

Nat'l Review to GOP: Win Some Elections

Howard Kurtz, Fox News

National Review writers blast Cruz and his supporters for the failed shutdown-Obamacare tactic, pointing out that R's need to focus on winning elections and this wasn't going to help. "You can generate plenty of headlines with confrontational tactics, but you can’t govern with one-half of one party in one house of Congress."

McConnell: Ready to Fight GOP Base

Daniel Horowitz, Red State

If McConnell is willing to telegraph the message that he is so committed to avoiding brinkmanship – to the extent that he is willing to fight his own party – why would Obama ever have an incentive to negotiate on anything?

BigBiz Targets Tea Party

Patrice Hill, The Washington Times

The recent fiscal crisis has opened a major rift between the tea party wing of the GOP and business groups that traditionally have backed Republicans, with many business leaders now vowing to get involved more in GOP primaries to try to counter insurgent candidates. Tea party leaders are defiant, saying they will not change course despite criticism from the U.S.

Cruz, Lee Not So Extreme After All?

Deroy Murdock, National Review Online

The sinking of S.S. Obamacare will vindicate GOP “extremists.”