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House Republicans Applaud Prospect of a Government Shutdown

Tonight the House is voting on partisan amendments that make the prospect of a government shutdown look more likely – and some House Republicans can’t seem to contain their excitement. From the Washington Post:

“While much of official Washington on Saturday somberly faced the likelihood of a government shutdown, the most conservative members of the House sported a different expression. They were smiling.”

“‘We’re very excited,’ said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). ‘It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.’

“On Saturday, conservatives rallied House Republicans around a plan to fund the government but delay the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health-care law, for a year. It was rejected within hours by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), making it unlikely that Congress has the time to find common ground before a midnight Monday deadline.”

“‘It’s wonderful,’ said Rep. John Abney Culberson (R-Tex.), clapping his hands to emphasize the point. ‘We’re 100 percent united!’”

United for the first time, we might add.

Looks like House Republicans are eager to take credit for another government shutdown – and unfortunately, if they don’t learn to compromise soon, they may just get their wish.