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September 28, 2013 - 7:33 am

Majority Leader Harry Reid has issued an ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass a “clean” version of the continuing resolution with no Obamacare defunding rider or the government will partially shut down.

Reid’s warning has more to do with a time factor than anything else. Realistically, if the House passes another continuing resolution with an Obamacare defunding mechanism on Saturday (more likely Sunday), there simply will not be enough time for the Senate to vote on it before the Monday midnight deadline.

It won’t matter anyway because if the House includes the defunding rider — or anything else that the majority leader doesn’t like — Reid says he won’t even take it up.

The Hill:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that the Senate is done acting on legislation to avert a government shutdown and that House Republicans have no choice but to pass the Senate’s bill if they want to keep the government open.

“I want everyone to listen and to hear: The United States Senate has acted,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “This is the only legislation that can avert a government shutdown, and that time is ticking as we speak.”

Reid’s made the statement just before closing down the Senate until 2 p.m. Monday.

“In the meantime … if Speaker [John] Boehner [R-Ohio] wants to avoid a government shutdown, he will pass our resolution,” he said. “Otherwise, it’s a government shutdown.”

Reid thanked Senate Republicans and Democrats for voting to end debate on the bill today. Twenty-five Republicans joined every Senate Democrat in voting to end debate, even though Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned that vote would let Democrats strip language from the bill to defund ObamaCare.

Reid said House Republicans should think “long and hard” over the weekend about how to proceed and said the American people deserve more than a Congress that lurches from crisis to crisis.

The Cruz Caucus in the House got their marching orders straight from their leader yesterday; blow up the Boehner plan to pass the CR and concentrate firepower on the debt ceiling bill later in October. The Texas Senator told his supporters in the House to vote against the Speaker and send another CR back to the Senate that delays the individual mandate for a year:

On the call, Cruz told them that Boehner was making a mistake, and urged his friends to fight until the end on the CR. The group agreed, and they complained that Boehner’s shift to the debt limit was a diversion. Senator Mike Lee of Utah joined Cruz on the call, and both senators said they’d stand with House conservatives as they opposed the leadership.

By the call’s end, there was a consensus: until the CR talks are complete, Republicans should whip “no” on Boehner’s debt-limit plan, as a way of preventing the leadership from directing the strategy. And that’s exactly what happened late Thursday afternoon: GOP whip Kevin McCarthy worked the floor, but couldn’t find the votes for Boehner’s debt-limit plan. After McCarthy reported back about the Cruz-inspired uprising, the leadership shelved it.

Later Thursday, Cruz met again with House conservatives at a venue near the Capitol. According to one House member, the bicameral bloc talked deep into the night about the CR and pressuring Boehner. At the top of the agenda: making a one-year delay of Obamacare a requirement for government funding, and to accept nothing less, should the defunding effort unravel. They fear Boehner is resistant to making that an ultimatum, and they discussed ways to force his hand.

Leadership sources, for their part, are startled by Cruz’s attempt to shape House strategy and work against the speaker. They knew he’d oppose Boehner’s playbook, but they didn’t expect him to huddle with conservatives and ask them to ignore it. So, Cruz’s meetings have made him a key House player, but they’ve worsened his already-fraught relationship with the leadership.

Does Senator Cruz have more influence in the House than he does the Senate? Apparently so. Two thirds of the GOP caucus in the Senate voted for cloture, ignoring the Texas Senators’ 21- hour marathon talk on Obamacare and decisively repudiating his tactics. Of course, comparing your colleagues to Nazis doesn’t help one’s popularity. But Cruz made it plain in his campaign last year and the first 9 months of his term that he didn’t come to Washington to make friends but rather bust up the place. In this, he is exceeding expectations.

So we will have a partial government shut down and, judging by the attitude of many of the hard liners in the House, we will probably blow through the debt ceiling too. Some may think this irresponsible, imprudent governance. Others see stopping the implementation of Obamacare as of paramount importance, worth shutting down the government and failing to increase the debt limit, with all the unknowns — economic and political — those two events represent.

President Obama still insists he won’t negotiate on the debt ceiling, despite crowing yesterday about his willingness to talk to the thugs in Tehran. Negotiating with terrorists while not negotiating with members of the opposition party is the definition of “bad optics.”

How the public perceives that attitude will probably tell the tale of who wins and who loses.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Let me see if I have this right:

Harry Reid is issuing an ultimatum, but the conservatives are the hostage-takers.

Is that what the rest of you hear?
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Personally, I'd love to see the Federal government shut own for about six months. I can live that long without being told how to conduct myself, and it would certainly put a dent in the deficit.

Of course, the downside is, we would have a bunch of idle politicians wandering around getting into mischief.
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The House GOP should repass their CR and kick it right back into Reid's lap. If Boehner was any kind of leader, he would do it just to let the Senate know they don't run the House. How did such a spineless worm ever get to be the Speaker?
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Dear Leader and his suck-boy Harry Reid are the instigators of any govt "shutdown"....even Bob Woodward recognizes their political peril when he asked "who was the speaker of the house when the Great Depression began?" Excellent point - history will show that Dear Leader was ultimately to blame. But, the msm traitors will go all-out to portray conservatives as the culprits....negotiate with terrorists - but not republicans; I like the message ;) Fight TED Fight!!!

Remember BENGHAZI!
28 weeks ago
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The dems idea of compromise is for the repubs to do everything they want.
Can we please call on Putin to come over and fix this? He's doing such a bang up job in Syria.
28 weeks ago
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Just as sure as the sun comes up in the east, and day turns into night, we can always count on Rick Moran to try to give the appearance that he is, of course, the consummate "moderate" Republican who only wants everyone inside singing Kumbaya.

Sorry, Rick, but no matter what the lily livered Republicans in the Senate do, Ted Cruz has already won. The issue of Obamacare, which was taken off the table last year because it was just too damn close to Romneycare (you know, of Romney, who we all were told could win in '12 because he was a "moderate"), is now front and center with the American people who are going to be expected to pick up the tab.

It has become quite apparent, to anyone with two grey cells bumping together, that Ted Cruz scares the hell out of "moderates" like you. Guess you just don't like "white" Hispanics.
28 weeks ago
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The latest parry by Boner is on Drudge - "DELAY OBAMACARE OR WE WILL SHUT IT DOWN".

OK - lets see if Boner and the rest of the RINO's really do have the stomach for the beat down they are going to take from the democrats and their lapdog MSM. I'm inclined to think Boner has gotten an ultimatum from the more conservative side of the republican house - either DO IT or your time as speaker is ticking.

So now the ball is back in Reid's court. He's already said he'll let the government shut down if he doesn't get his 'clean' bill back from the House.

It'll be interesting to see who blinks first - the democrats - the RINO's - or the tea party type conservatives.

Such interesting times. We lurch from one crisis to another - actually we keep lurching to the same crisis time after time. Anyone besides me getting tired of the same old song?


28 weeks ago
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We're all tired of it. The problem is that none of the sides is powerful enough to stop it, nor are they willing to compromise with another faction to acquire that strength. We're going to keep lurching around until the electorate makes up its mind about what it wants.
28 weeks ago
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We've suffered Obama's government for close to six years, now. In all that time the country's economic and political interests have suffered right along with us. Why not do something different, stick a wrench in their moving parts and shut the MF down.
Where would be the loss? As Glenn Beck has said "We will not comply." Let's not be held hostage by THEIR fears and let's do the right thing. Shut it down.
After all, who are Obama, Reid, Boehner and McCain if not OUR employees?
28 weeks ago
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Shut it down. Furlough some federal workers. Ground Air Force One, no vacations for the Obamas unless they pay for it.
28 weeks ago
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Let me see if I have this right:

Harry Reid is issuing an ultimatum, but the conservatives are the hostage-takers.

Is that what the rest of you hear?
28 weeks ago
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Will Obama be the first president to cut off spending to the US military forces and put America in jeopardy?
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Think of Obama and the military to a guy who has a gun but no matter what happens isn't going to use it anyway. We are already in jeopardy by the way this fool handles foreign policy - he has no 'gun' to back up his words - weak as they are.

28 weeks ago
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Why are Reid and Obama holding the economy hostage this way? It's like they're holding a gun to the head of our quivering recovery and saying "Our way or the little girl gets it!"
28 weeks ago
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Shutting down the government = restoring the government to its constitutional limits. DO IT.
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