Sunday, September 22, 2013

Party Infighting Threatens Shutdown

Nearly every single House Republican supported a government spending plan that defunds the Affordable Care Act.

But don’t let that trick you into thinking the GOP is one big happy family.
Rep. Michael Grimm, a moderate Republican, supported the plan, but seemed annoyed that he had to take the vote in the first place.

“The Ted Cruzes of the world – they have been campaigning and going all over and advertising and writing checks with their mouth that their vote can’t cash, and now it’s time for them to put up,” Grimm told me before the vote, referencing Sen. Ted Cruz who has been beating the destroy Obamacare drum all summer. “When Ted Cruz realizes that he doesn’t have the votes, which he always knew, but now he’s on the spot, maybe he won’t be so aggressive in his rhetoric, putting all the other Republicans in a spot to try to defend him. We’re not going to defend him anymore.”

Grimm, however, is still hopeful that the ultimate spending plan will undermine the Affordable Care Act. He’s floating an idea – as is Rep. Chris Gibson – that would delay Obamacare, but entice Democrats by putting automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, on hold.

“I think there are quite a few Democrats that have said ‘we hate sequester, we’ve got to get rid of this. If we can get rid of the whole debt ceiling and raise the debt ceiling and end the sequester, a delay wouldn’t bother me,”‘ said Grimm.  POST

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