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Shutdown showdown ends with a whimper

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I asked Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah—Cruz’s chief ally in the Senate—to respond to Norquist’s assessment that the current fight has been a failure: “I disagree,” he said curtly, refusing to explain when I asked him to elaborate.

It’s unclear at this point if the Senate agreement will gain a majority of GOP support in the House—satisfying the so-called Hastert rule—but in lieu of its own plan, the House is expected to take up the Senate bill. 

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., a senior House Republican, told me he doesn’t think the stalemate has been for nothing, because it has highlighted the problems with the president’s healthcare law.

“The colossal mistakes that were made in enacting Obamacare demand a second and third and fourth look,” Smith said. “I am shocked and dismayed, especially with the catastrophic launch of Obamacare, just how unwilling they are to say, ‘Hey, maybe we could work together to fix this.’”

J.C. Derrick
J.C. Derrick

J.C. is a reporter in WORLD's Washington Bureau. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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