*Government Shutdown

Saturday Roundup: GOP Threatening a Shutdown

With the news that House Republicans are threatening – and preparing – for a shut down, maybe they should read some of the press this morning that might make them reconsider their irresponsible plan:

Reuters: House conservatives hold firm as government shutdown looms

“With conservative House Republicans promising not to back down on an emergency spending bill in a push to defund President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, the U.S. government edged closer on Saturday to its first shutdown since 1996.”

“All indications are that Republicans will tack on a new measure to that bill, which likely would be rejected by the Senate and make a shutdown all the more likely.”

ABC: Shutdown Threat Puts Pressure on House Republicans

“Failure to pass a short-term measure to keeping the government running would mean the first partial closing in almost 20 years.”

“Tea partyers are not relenting in their efforts to use the budget fight to derail President Barack Obama's health care law.”

CBS: All eyes on Republicans as clock ticks toward government shutdown

“If they can't resolve their differences, the government will begin shutting down on Tuesday. CBS News' Nancy Cordes reports from Capitol Hill that House Republicans say they won't accept the bill passed by the Senate Friday that would keep the government funded through mid-November because it restores all the funding to the president's health-care law that they had stripped out.”

Bloomberg: Shutdown Nears as Republicans Plot Next Salvo on Obamacare (1)

“The U.S. government edged closer to a partial shutdown in three days as House Republicans prepared to lob another anti-Obamacare volley at Senate Democrats who vow they won’t accept it. House Republicans, divided over how far to take their fight against President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law, will meet at noon to decide what conditions they want to attach to a short-term spending bill… Senate Democrats, who passed a measure yesterday to keep the government open through Nov. 15, said they won’t accept conditions and that the House’s refusal to adopt a no-strings-attached spending bill will force agencies to close.”

New York Times: House G.O.P. to Plan Next Step as Budget Clock Runs Down

“Divisions within the Republican caucus have prevented the leadership from presenting a united front or developing a coherent strategy that would keep the government operating and raise the debt limit while extracting demands from the Democrats.”

“Republicans are split between moderates who are searching for fig-leaf concession to keep the government open and conservatives who will accept nothing less than a one-year delay in the health care law. Enrollment in the law’s new insurance exchanges begins on Tuesday.”

The Hill: Shutdown grows more likely as House GOP plots next move

“A government shutdown has become increasingly likely as conservatives ramp up pressure on House Republicans to reject a Senate bill restoring funding for ObamaCare.”
“Conservative activists say Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) credibility is on the line, and warn he will not serve another term as House GOP leader if he agrees to fund the Affordable Care Act along with the rest of government.”