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"Republican revolt" Continued...

That would place the government shutdown ball back in the House’s court. Congress faces a deadline of midnight Sept. 30 to avoid the first shutdown since 1996. At the rally touting their vote, House Republicans also moved to pressure Senate Democrats facing tough reelection fights next year in states that are not solidly Democratic. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., called out four senators—Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas—wondering aloud where they stood on Obamacare.

Conservative groups quickly applauded the House vote while also increasing their pressure on Senate Republicans, suggesting that any Republican who votes for cloture, or to limit debate in the Senate, will be voting in favor of Obamacare.

“If 41 Republicans stand strong and oppose cloture, they can defeat Reid’s plan to fund Obamacare,” said Senate Conservative Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins. “However, if Republicans waffle and vote for cloture, it will grease the skids for Reid’s plan to fund Obamacare. … Republicans like to say they are against Obamacare, but now is the time to prove it. Now is when it matters.”

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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