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Republicans on the Tea Party’s call for a Government Shutdown

“not in the best interests of the American people” “politically irresponsible”
“hype”  “dumbest idea”  “terror politics”
“shenanigans”  “dishonest”
“really dumb”


That’s what Congressional Republicans and conservative leaders have said about Tea Party Republican plan to shut down the government unless ObamaCare is defunded. Holding our government hostage in order to score political points with the most extreme factions of their party is reckless and irresponsible. The American people are not interested in these partisan stunts; they are looking for commonsense solutions.

See below for what Republicans are saying about the GOP’s latest attempt at partisan obstructionism:

Richard Burr: Mike Lee Government Shutdown Threat 'Dumbest Idea I've Ever Heard Of'
Huffington Post // Sabrina Siddiqui
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Thursday didn't just reject efforts by a faction of Senate Republicans to shut down the government unless the president's health care law is defunded -- he called it the "dumbest idea" he'd ever heard of. Burr was asked by Associated Press reporter Andrew Taylor if he was part of an effort, led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), to block a continuing resolution that would keep the federal government open beyond Sept. 30 if it includes funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Tom Coburn: Campaign to defund Obamacare ‘dishonest,’ ‘hype’
Washington Examiner // Byron York
Tensions inside the Republican Party about a proposal to defund Obamacare reached a new level Friday when Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a lawmaker with unsurpassed credibility in the field of cutting federal spending and limiting the size of government, called the defunding plan “dishonest” and “hype.” In a phone interview from his home state of Oklahoma, Coburn slammed a dozen fellow Republican senators who have signed a pledge not to vote for any continuing resolution or appropriations bill that funds Obamacare, which is set to go fully into effect on January 1, 2014. “I’d love to defund it,” said Coburn, a physician who has opposed the president’s national health care scheme from the beginning. “I’d be leading the charge if I thought this would work. But it will not work.”

Richard Shelby: "it's foolish" not to fund the government.
Huffington Post // Sabrina Siddiqui
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) also chimed in on the matter, telling reporters on Capitol Hill "it's foolish" not to fund the government.

Another GOP Senator breaks with debt ceiling hostage strategy
Washington Post // Greg Sargent
GOP Senator Roy Blunt is not normally thought of as a “maverick” in the mold of John McCain. But this morning, Blunt came out and broke with GOP plans to stage a confrontation over the debt ceiling — which will also include a push to defund Obamacare, if Tea Party lawmakers get their way — putting Blunt at least partly in McCain’s new Compromise Caucus.

Rep. Cole: GOP Would 'Lose the House' Over Govt Shutdown
Newsmax // Courtney Coren
Rep. Tom Cole said Thursday Republicans could risk losing control of the House in next year's elections if they move to shut down the government or default on the debt during budget negotiations with President Barack Obama.  "The only way Republicans will lose the House is to shut down the government or default on the debt," the Oklahoma Republican told Politico. "Shutting down the government is not in the best interests of the American people and it makes you look politically irresponsible." "I'm not inclined to jeopardize the crown jewel, and the House of Representatives is the crown jewel in this election cycle," added Cole, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Peter King: "There's no reason to be threatening to bring down the government, let’s make this work get spending cuts we need but the American people get turned off with the threat of terror politics."

AEI’s Ramesh Ponnuru: Drop the Disastrous Plan to Defund Obamacare
Bloomberg// Ramesh Ponnuru
Conservatives on Capitol Hill think they have a chance to strike a mortal blow against President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul this fall. If their plan goes forward, however, it will backfire…Either would be highly unpopular, and each party would blame the other. The public, however, would almost certainly blame Republicans, for five reasons

McCain to Republicans: Forget about any more crazy debt ceiling hostage taking
Washington Post // Greg Sargent
Democrats are hoping that the willingness of John McCain and other Republicans to break with GOP leaders during last week’s filibuster fight and support Obama nominations bodes well for future battles. They are hoping for an emerging schism among Republicans that means a bloc of GOP Senators can be peeled off and induced to enter into genuinely constructive negotiations with Dems to avert a debt ceiling and government shutdown crisis. So it is noteworthy that in an interview, McCain has now said the American people will not put up with another round of GOP debt limit and government shutdown “shenanigans.” McCain also bluntly warned House Republicans against using the debt limit fight to gain the repeal of Obamacare, which he said “is not going to happen.”

Krauthammer: Effort to defund Obamacare ‘really dumb’
Daily Caller // Jeff Poor
On Friday’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer went against the conventional wisdom of some in the conservative movement by arguing efforts to defund President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care legislation at the expense of shutting down the federal government was “really dumb.” “Never issue a threat you’re not prepared to in the end honor and deliver on,” Krauthammer said. “And if the Republicans imagine they’re going to either stop the funding of the government or refuse the raising of the debt ceiling, they’re out of their minds. It would be a catastrophe in the end. All the president has to do is wait and they’re going to cave. This happened on January 1 of this year. It happened with the debt ceiling. We know the end game. Why would you threaten something and demand in return something you know the president will never do? It’s his signature legislation. It would be repudiation of his entire first term. The only alternative is to go over a cliff. It is really dumb.”