Could we have Another Shutdown Show?


Politico is out with a piece about a group from within Congress that has been working together to prevent  another Government shutdown…..

But the question will be House GOP Speaker John Boehner and how he deals with the House Tea Party Army, which was led by Texaes GOP Senator Ted Cruz , who has NOT promised to forgo a shutdown …..

“Let’s say the Budget Committee is unable to reach any kind of agreement,” Collins said. “I would think that our group would reconvene and talk about whether we could put together a plan.”

“They’re making some headway. Not as much as I’d like to see,” Manchin said of the budget leaders. “If they fall and get nothing and you come on the eve of a shutdown? You don’t want that to happen. We’re not going to let that happen.”

The group has been there before: Bipartisan deal makers like Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) believe their October talks and draft legislation paved the way for an eventual deal between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to reopen the government and avoid a debt crisis.

The group includes lawmakers who aren’t afraid to buck their leadership, whether it’s Republicans Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voting with Democrats to advance President Barack Obama’s nominees or Democrats Manchin and Mark Pryor of Arkansas opposing Reid’s historic push to revamp the filibuster rules.

Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) described the caucus as “kind of the volunteer fire department,” explaining that it may again be called on to unlock negotiations during what looks to be a heated debate between two parties long divided over tax and spending policy.

The entire group met formally in early November and agreed not to disband, though members decided not to endorse specific policies until the budget committee negotiations play out. But the aisle-crossing crew has continued to meet in small groups and speak privately since the shutdown ended, mindful that it took precious days to build the bipartisan fiscal negotiating team during the 16-day government shutdown this fall.

For more than a week in October, Washington was paralyzed by the first government shutdown in 17 years


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6 thoughts on “Could we have Another Shutdown Show?”

    1. Another shutdown show would actually be a political gift for the president….
      The GOP establishment would be forced into Another public civil war that COULD eclipse most mentions of healthcare…..

  1. There won’t be another Shutdown. WHILE james says that there aren’t enough moderate Republicans in the House to prevent a Shutdown again THERE IN FACT ARE ENOUGH REPUBLICANS.

    There are 19-25 GOPers in moderate Districts who are worried about another Shutdown and they in all likelyhood will do everything to prevent another one.

  2. Although they don’t vote in the House Republican Conference (caucus), there are probably another two- to four-dozen Republican candidates for Congressional seats now held by Democrats (with varying realistic prospects) who dearly don’t want another shutdown charade.

    An example would be Ann Marie Buerkle, a former nurse who won the Syracuse-Rochester seat in upstate New York in 2010, only to lose it to Syracuse mayor Dan Maffei in 2012.

    Another would be Richard Tisei, a former Massachusetts House minority leader who’s openly gay and very nearly unseated John Tierney (D) in Southeastern Massachusetts last year. I don’t know if Tisei is running again, but whoever the GOP puts up will dread another shutdown crisis that threatens (among other things) military spending, food stamps and low-income heating assistance (LIHEAP).

    1. Yes, DSD….

      But the $64,000 question is the Speaker of the House and Republican Majority Leader….

      If they CANNOT get the votes to get around Ted Cruz and Tea Party Army?
      Here we go again….

      I order to get this done on the budget Both those two guys running the House HAVE TO get DEMOCRATIC votes…
      I do NOT see it working any other way…
      So you can see where McConnell is coming from even though it it ain’t HIS House…
      The GOPer’s HAVE to get past their primary fears…
      That’s the Tea Party/RightWing Nut’s political saber….

      I’m repeating what Jack just posted…

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