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The Headlines Aren’t Good for the GOP

A quick look at the headlines since House Republicans announced their continued hostage-taking strategy shows that it isn’t going over well:

Bloomberg: House Republican Plan Increases Chances for U.S. Shutdown

“The Republican-led U.S. House is poised today to pass a plan to delay portions of Obamacare, moving toward a political collision that will probably shut down much of the government Oct. 1.”

Washington Post: House Republicans to propose one-year delay of Obamacare

“House Republican leaders proposed a new plan to the GOP rank-and-file Saturday afternoon: Make a new gesture of defiance toward President Obama’s health-care law, even if it increases the chances of a government shutdown Monday night.”

“The disadvantage is more practical: This plan is far more likely to result in a government shutdown. It may pass the House — and it may even pass Saturday. But it is not likely to pass the Democratic-held Senate or be signed by Obama.”

Chicago Tribune: Government shutdown looms as House Republicans reject Senate bid

“The U.S. government edged closer to a shutdown Saturday as Republicans in the House of Representatives promised to reject an emergency spending bill approved by the Senate and push instead for a one year delay of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.”

“In the latest round of high-stakes brinkmanship between Democrats and Republicans, Republican leaders said after a closed-door meeting that the House would vote on Saturday afternoon on their latest plan to scuttle the healthcare law, known as ‘Obamacare.’”

“Since the healthcare measure is attached to a must-pass bill to continue funding the government when the fiscal year ends at midnight on Monday, its failure would close down much of the government for the first time since 1996.”

National Journal: House Rallies Around Obamacare Delay, Bringing Shutdown in Sight

“House Republicans on Saturday rallied around a short-term measure that would fund the government through Dec. 15 while delaying the implementation of Obamacare for one year, a politically risky proposal that unites the Republican conference but could bring the government within reach of a shutdown.”

Yahoo News: Republicans will move ahead with plan to delay Obamacare, making government shutdown more likely

“House Republicans are expected to vote Saturday on a proposal that funds the government through Dec. 15, delays the federal health care law known as Obamacare for one year and repeals the medical device tax, a move that sets up a showdown with Senate Democrats that could result in a government shutdown next week.”

“With a Republican conference full of conservative lawmakers with little interest in conceding to Senate Democrats on Obamacare, Boehner faced a difficult choice. He could have either passed a funding bill with Obamacare amendments and risk a shutdown or pass a ‘clean’ bill like the Senate with help from House Democrats and risk facing the wrath of furious Republicans. He chose the former.”

NBC: Shutdown odds spike as GOP unveils new funding bill

“The odds of a government shutdown spiked on Saturday after the House GOP said it would again vote to force concessions on "Obamacare" as a condition of funding government.”

“House Republicans doubled down on their strategy of seeking to undo Obamacare as part of the battle over funding the government past Monday, scheduling a vote on a stopgap measure that would delay the health care law for a year.”

“Still, the gambit significantly increases the odds of a government shutdown at the end of Monday. As the hours dwindle before the government runs out of money, there's little time left for wrangling. The House proposal will be a non-starter in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats. But even if the upper chamber wishes to send back another clean extension of government spending, that would take some time.”