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GOP’s King Canute Caucus Writes Their Own Continuing Resolution

Would defund Obamacare just about the time the tide doesn't roll in.

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Rick Moran

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September 14, 2013 - 3:32 pm
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Forty-three GOP House members have written an alternative continuing resolution to the leadership’s version that commands the tide not to roll in — or rather, the legislative equivalent of such.

Roll Call reports:

Forty-three House Republicans have introduced their own continuing resolution that they think would achieve the goal of both cutting spending and defunding Obamacare better than the plan GOP leaders put forth Tuesday.

Rather than fund the government for a month and a half at the post-sequester top line of $988 billion, it would run through all of fiscal 2014 at the lower, $967 billion levels many Republicans favor.

And, instead of relying on a legislative maneuver to force the Senate to vote on defunding Obamacare without risking a shutdown at the end of the month, it contains language that would actually zero out funding for the president’s signature health care law.

It could spell trouble for the Ohio Republican and other members of the leadership team as they try to come up with a strategy that won’t alienate their base but has an actual chance of passing the Senate.

“Our plan will achieve fairness for every American by fully delaying and defunding Obamacare until 2015,” Rep. Tom Graves of Georgia said in a statement. “This approach builds upon the Obama Administration’s policy of delaying portions of Obamacare and relieves taxpayers of the burden of funding a program that is not being implemented.”

Heritage Action for America likes the sound of this.

“Rep. Graves and his colleagues are stepping up to fill a critical void in the House,” said Mike Needham, the group’s CEO. “We encourage all members to support the Graves bill.”

Though this might have the votes to pass the Republican-controlled House, the chance for getting the green light from the Senate and the White House appears even less likely than the plan GOP leaders presented to members earlier this week.

“As we all know, the speaker has a problem, how to get the government funded,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday. “I told him very directly that all these things they’re trying to do on the Obamacare is just a waste of their time.”

The legislation introduced earlier in the week by the House leadership contains a separate resolution that would accomplish exactly the same thing the King Canute Caucus wants — no funds spent on Obamacare.

But that simply isn’t good enough for the tide deniers. Perhaps the problem is that they’re so used to disagreeing with the leadership that when Boehner actually bends to their wishes, they assume some dark, unknowable conspiracy at work and reflexively refuse to support it. The difference is that when the Senate votes down the concurrent resolution defunding Obamacare, they can still vote to keep the government operating for a few months. The King Canute Caucus version leaves Senate Democrats no alternative. In fact, it is doubtful Harry Reid would even bring such a bill to the floor of the Senate.

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You know, Rick, if you knew your history you'd know that Canute was actually a great and wise leader. To name a caucus after him is actually a compliment.
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Rick, there's a difference between being a mensch, and being a Menshevik.
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So just exactly how would YOU propose the Obamacare be defunded and delayed, Mr. RINO? Bonehead Boehner is on Obama's payroll as are Cantor and McCarthy. Pass the CR defunding Obamacare in the House and let Reid deal with it. It's time to fight. Well past time, actually. If Reid kills it, then we've exposed the 'rats for what we know they are, but too much of the public hasn't figured out. As for the King Canute reference, you actually paid the Conservatives a complement [http://faculty.history.wisc.edu/sommerville/123/Canute%20Waves.htm] if you had bothered to fact check.
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This article is poor journalism.

Ad hominem attacks and petty labeling, "deniers", on those who hold a different position than Moran's.

I stopped reading his articles, but every once in a while I come back and check in, only to be reminded why I stopped.
50 weeks ago
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The Republicans would have to replace the Speaker and perhaps Cantor too.
50 weeks ago
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What Rick Moran hasn't realized here is that the momentum is here to defund and has a good chance of happening. The leadership can and will only resist the rank and file for so long. If they don't defund then they'll pay the political price next year at the ballot box. And we'll continue fighting this fight.
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Canute tried to stop the tides which is an irresistible force that cannot be turned back. What is the inevitable force that the Republican leadership is asking its voters to accept? It is statism, the status quo within Washington DC.

We are being asked to submit to the idea that an ever growing superstate with Washington co-opting more and more of our liberties is a force of nature that cannot be turned back and anyone who thinks otherwise is so stupid that they should be subject to a coordinated attack of mockery and insults from the leadership and punditry of OUR OWN PARTY.

Statism will continue to grow until either people put a stop to it or math does. I prefer that people do this. The Republican leadership seems to prefer that the nation be driven over the cliff Thelma and Louise style as long as the Republican leaders get to have a seat in the front.
50 weeks ago
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"We funded Obamacare rather than risk republicans being blamed for the Democrats shutting down the federal government. Won't you consider giving $5, $25, or $50 to the Republican National Committee so that we can continue our fight against Obamacare?"

...the fundraising ads almost write themselves...
50 weeks ago
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$21 billion? This is hadly Thermopylae or Custers last stand! Not much hope.
50 weeks ago
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Republicans in D.C. promising to stand their ground and do the right thing?

If they keep lying to you, and you keep believing them, they're gonna keep lying to you.
50 weeks ago
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Like all RINO's the advice is simple;
Since we cannot win, give up!
Don't even try to represent the people who sent you her to do what you've decided not to do because then the people who will never vote for you won't like it and therefore won't vote for you.
50 weeks ago
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Which people should be represented, the ones that put Republicans in charge of the House or the ones that put Democrats in charge of the Senate and White House?

We can't win. Expending resources in this fight will only hurt us later when we could make progress.

This is not a movie. There will be no stirring speech, with a swelling and majestic soundtrack, that will cause the Democrats to rethink their cynical will to power and join us for a new birth of freedom. If this CR goes to the Senate it will sit in a drawer and Reid will start talking about all the pain caused by the government shutdown and how it could be avoided simply by the House passing a reasonable CR. And the media will lap it up.
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There aren't enough House Democrats to pass a "reasonable CR", and if Boehner breaks the Hastert rule again to get one passed, then what's really going to hurt you later will be the republican primaries.
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Only if the base keeps insisting on this idiotic idea that the House has some power to defund Obamacare. Do that and this issue becomes win-win for Reid.
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Fund Obamacare and this issue becomes a lose-lose for the House majority.
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Let's see if you can do anything other than repeat inanities.

Just try and plot out the following scenario:

In a party-line vote the House passes a CR defunding Obamacare.

And, go. Remember to show your work, point out why the various actors respond as they do.
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"...point out why the various actors respond as they do."

They do lots of things. And lots of it depends on lots of things the GOP leadership does. Nobody can predict for certain. In that situation, you return to first principles.

Regardless of all that, the most important "actors" -- the natural base of the GOP and the millions of independent Americans who DO NOT WANT OBAMACARE AND FEAR IT -- take stock and think, "Hmm, maybe the GOP has spine to defend me from this atrocious thing that got my work hours reduced, my insurance premiums raised, scared the crap out me for my children's future and hamstrung my country's economy. I don't want this and there's a party out there that I thought were just pusillanimous political hacks which is actually willing to fight for me."
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"In a party-line vote the House passes a CR defunding Obamacare."

The left always tries to argue with a flawed premise. Precluding any possibility of a bipartisan vote to pass a CR defunding Obamacare in the House OR the Senate is the flaw in your premise, Jeff.

50 weeks ago
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Looking at Boehner and Cantor in "action" I see a struggle to balance appearing to serve the will of the people with the urge to serve the will of Washington. Just what *is* the Republican establishment, anyway? We know this, these are the guys who gave us Bush I, Dole, Dubya, McCain and Romney.

Just imagine if the country had no real opposition party, but only a faux one. Then, the Faculty Lounge could take over and run the country into the ground with unpassed legislation like Obamacare, years without a budget, a mountain of new regulations, reverse racist justice, massive spending hikes and a fast balloning debt.

Oh wait, that we already have. Just imagine.
50 weeks ago
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"...the guys who gave us Bush I, Dole, Dubya, McCain and Romney."

Rick, you forgot Rick.
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