House Republicans to avoid Monday shutdown with one-week continuing resolution?

posted at 6:41 pm on September 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

Government by stopgap, via Robert Costa:

Multiple GOP senators tell me House Republicans will likely pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government into early October. “It’d be a short-term, clean CR,” as one describes the legislation. “It’d fund the government for one week or so and keep us talking,” says another senator. “I think that’s where they’re moving right now.”

Remember, under the current Senate schedule, Boehner won’t have anything from the Senate to work with until Sunday night at the earliest. Cruz is reportedly under intense pressure from Senate Republicans not to object if McConnell tries to yield back some debate time going forward in the name of letting the House act sooner. But even if that happens, there’s still not enough time left for Reid and Boehner to strike a deal on O-Care. So they’re going to punt for a week while they keep talking. Which makes me wonder: If House conservatives agree to some lesser deal on O-Care — say, Vitter’s plan to force Congress and staff to buy insurance on the exchanges without federal subsidies — would Cruz and Lee accept that or will they continue to (futilely) oppose anything short of defunding? I’m assuming they will, if only in the interest of mending fences at that point, but who knows? If Cruz is the new “president of conservative America,” as I saw written somewhere today, then maybe he needs to vote no on a deal all the way down.

Roll Call is reporting that Boehner et al. are also weighing a one-year delay to ObamaCare’s individual mandate as a fallback option once the “defund” bill is dead. Politico reported that this morning too. Senate Democrats won’t go for that, though, or at least not without a lot of pressure, which makes me think maybe Boehner will pursue a longer stopgap CR of two or three weeks to buy time to apply pressure before the next shutdown deadline rolls around. If you want to sell the public on the eminently reasonable idea that it’s unfair for business to get a break from ObamaCare’s crapola regulations for a year but not individual taxpayers, it’d be nice to have more than a few days to do it.

Exit question: Jim Geraghty wonders if Cruz’s goal all along wasn’t defunding O-Care, which was impossible given the make-up of the Senate, but rather “cementing the public’s perception that Obamacare is entirely a Democrat-run production, and that fixing the problems it creates will require the election of the Republican opposition.” Is the public going to come away with that impression, though, after multiple Republicans vote against Cruz on Reid’s clean CR this weekend? Former party nominee John McCain is delivering rebuttals to Cruz on the Senate floor, for cripes sake. If “Republicans are the answer” is the message Cruz wants to push, having a big internal Republican war between RINOs and true conservatives is a bad way to do it. I think his message is that tea partiers, specifically, are the answer — but if enough tea partiers end up demoralized by the failure of the defunding effort that they stay home next year to protest sending the RINOs back to the House, you could end up with Democrats doing better than they otherwise might have. Ironic.

Update: Remember that NBC story about Rand Paul privately arguing against the Cruz “defund” strategy? Here’s an interesting clip via MFP of Paul not squarely denying that when asked about it by Glenn Beck. The takeaway here isn’t that there’s some sort of rift between Cruz and Paul; there’s no reason to believe that given Paul’s support for Cruz last night. The takeaway is that even Paul seems skittish about the political fallout for the GOP from a shutdown.


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And another one the next week and the week after that. Anything to avoid actually doing their jobs.

txhsmom on September 25, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Guys I’m climbing back on the burn it down strategy. It appears the GOP senate is lost to us. Even if we pick up 10 seats there’s just too many die-hard liberals that are entrenched.

Cruz, throw everything you got at ‘em. Maybe the reality that the entire G-7 is bankrupt will hit if there is enough chaos.

DanMan on September 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

“would Cruz and Lee accept that or will they continue to (futilely) oppose anything short of defunding?”

What grammatical or journalistic value did the word “futiley” add to that question? Look, if Hotair wants to keep pushing the meme that all resistance is futile, just come out and admit to being left side facilitators.

fabrexe on September 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I see those pics of creeps like Boehner and Cadaver and just can’t help but believe that their public squabbling is all just a show, that the results are already set but they’re justifying their jobs by looking “busy”.

Bishop on September 25, 2013 at 6:57 PM

…SOS!

KOOLAID2 on September 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

If House conservatives agree to some lesser deal on O-Care — say, Vitter’s plan to force Congress and staff to buy insurance on the exchanges without federal subsidies

The money to be repaid quietly somewhere else, deeply buried in a spending bill.

The GOP is worthless.

Bishop on September 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

…SOS!

KOOLAID2 on September 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

… different day.

davidk on September 25, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Rearranging the deck chairs.

davidk on September 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM

This is a specific fight that is only going to last a few days. No real harm to the conservative cause will come of it no matter how hard the media and Republican establishment will try to make it so. This fight is about the number one issue the American people agree with conservatives on. This fight is also occurring more then a year before the next national election anyway. What is this taking away from? What huge agenda for Boehner are we screwing up by doing this? Immigration reform? HA!

This is about pushing the overton window so to speak. From delay to defund. From doing nothing to delaying the mandates. From doing nothing to possibly putting a bill forward taking away all exemptions. From passiveness to fighting. Without the conservatives fighting on this issue at this time and doing that vote in the house and doing this non-filibuster, the house and senate would have done nothing except a simple symbolic vote for a delay in the house where the votes would have been predictable. So why not push the issue forward in a much tougher way. And put some pressure on the RINO’s. And push some true conservative voices forward and give them a platform to potentially lead us to actually ending Obamacare. Oh, the horror of those things.

Instead, the establishment want to use the Obamacare issue to gain more power for the Republican establishment by fighting the “soft fight” so that they can win the next election so they can ……..DO NOTHING…. like they always do. Would Boehner and the Republican lead senate and President Christie repeal Obamacare in 2017 after it has been implemented for 4 years? Look at McCain’s speech to see how likely that is.

They just want this as an issue so they can gain more power for their own purposes. Instead, Cruz and the conservatives are putting pressure on the Boozman’s of the world and pushing the harder line Obamacare issues forward. Good. If it hurts the “Republican brand” for a few weeks, who cares.

The RINO establishment types act like this is the end of the world what is happening. Maybe for them and their power, it might just be the beggining of the end.

KMav on September 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Token BS. The GOP rulers are for Marxist care just as much as the dems.

bgibbs1000 on September 25, 2013 at 7:06 PM

I’d just like to point out that if the House GOP had done their jobs, we wouldn’t be in this position now.

They’re supposed to pass, what, 13 or so separate funding bills? Only one of those likely would have had anything to do with ObamaCare. Maybe two.

If they’d passed the other 11 or 12, no one would be talking about a government shutdown right now, and instead we’d be talking about whether Cruz could actually win enough public support to defund this thing.

Chris of Rights on September 25, 2013 at 7:07 PM

The RINO establishment types act like this is the end of the world what is happening. Maybe for them and their power, it might just be the beggining of the end.

KMav on September 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Check out this on NRO by Michael Walsh.

Chris of Rights on September 25, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Look, if Hotair wants to keep pushing the meme that all resistance is futile, just come out and admit to being left side facilitators.

fabrexe on September 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

The site that plumped for Ol’ Gran’pa Juan in in 2008, and Mittens “Fix It, Don’t Repeal It” Romney four years later? Oh, pshaw.

Kent18 on September 25, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Look, if Hotair wants to keep pushing the meme that all resistance is futile, just come out and admit to being left side facilitators.

fabrexe on September 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I appreciate Allah’s snark but sometimes it just feels like a shiv.

MontanaMmmm on September 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The takeaway here isn’t that there’s some sort of rift between Cruz and Paul;

No, the takeaway os that Paul is just his father’s son in the end. Just better at hiding his true self.

The takeaway is that Paul endorsed McConnell, is for legalizing criminals, has given up on Cruz’s effort even before Cruz started, and is resigned to HusseinCare without exhausting all options. He’s just much better spoken than his father is and better at playing the RINO game.

Remember, if McConnell is still in Senate next year Paul is one of the reasons.

riddick on September 25, 2013 at 7:22 PM

All this hand-wringing over a potential shutdown.
Personally, I think many from both sides of the aisle are scared sh#tless that once people realize a shutdown is NOT Armageddon, they are toast.

I say shut the freakin’ thing down and let’s see what happens.

JusDreamin on September 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Look, if Hotair wants to keep pushing the meme that all resistance is futile, just come out and admit to being left side facilitators.

fabrexe on September 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

I appreciate Allah’s snark but sometimes it just feels like a shiv.

MontanaMmmm on September 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 5h

@gabrielmalor It’s time to come together behind Ted Cruz, RINO cockroaches

davidk on September 25, 2013 at 7:28 PM

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/association-of-american-physicians-and-surgeons-calls-on-house-to-stand-firm-on-defunding-obamacare-224870902.html

davidk on September 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM

…but but but ….we can keep our doctors and physicians!

KOOLAID2 on September 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM

…but but but ….we can keep our doctors and physicians!

KOOLAID2 on September 25, 2013 at 7:35 PM

You Can Keep Your Doctor!

slickwillie2001 on September 25, 2013 at 8:23 PM