And so it continues.
Amazingly, this is the story of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. All John "Dorothy" Boehner has to do is click his heels, which in this case means sending a clean CR to the floor where it will pass easily with both Democratic and Republican votes. Here is a list of Republicans who have publicly stated they will vote in favour:
- Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.)
- Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.)
- Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.)
- Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
- Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)
- Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)
- Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
- Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.)
- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
- Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.)
- Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.)
- Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.)
- Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)
- Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.)
- Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.)
- Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.)
- Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)
- Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.)
- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)
- Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.)
- Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)
Here are few tidbits: Charlie Dent, doing the first thing that didn't disgust me during his tenure, was the first rep to publicly call for a clean CR. He did it even before the last-day votes. Pete King has been in favour of keeping the government since he announced last month that he's running for president in 2016. (Not joking). Jim Gerlach, my congressman, announced last night after tallying the results of a survey he sent to constituents via email last Friday. Here were the results (posted to his Facebook page):
Thanks to all the constituents who have taken the time to participate in our recent e-mail survey on the current budget stalemate and all who have called, e-mailed or written us offering your views.
Here are the results of the survey from this weekend:
*2,584 (52%) support continuing to fund government operations, including funding for ObamaCare
*1,917 (39%) support shutting down the government if the continuing resolution does not defund or delay ObamaCare
*398 (8%) checked "Other"
Since midnight, when the federal government partially shut down, we’ve had:
*458 (89%) messages registering strong opposition to a government shutdown.
*56 (10%) messages in favor of staying the course and keeping government shut down.
Yup - 52% of his constituents in a slightly R-leaning district, said NO DEFUNDING, OPEN THE GOVERNMENT.
My guess is that if Republican congressmen/women in all the blue and purple states ran similar surveys, they'd get the same answer.
People are coming around to the understanding that if we don't raise the debt ceiling, it will be an unmitigated disaster, and the calls will start coming into reps' offices to pass a clean raise to the debt ceiling. In addition, I keep thinking that Obama will reverse course a day before the bills can no longer be paid and invoke the 14th amendment. In case you've forgotten the relevant part:
Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.
The administration is still saying it's Congress' purview and the president doesn't have the authority, but I think they're wrong and will decide that saving the world economy trumps the consideration of the House impeaching Obama for raising the debt ceiling.
For now, we're left with a majority of House members who are listening to the polls and their constituents saying OPEN THE GOVERNMENT, LEAVE OBAMACARE ALONE, RAISE THE DEBT CEILING... and John Boehner who is so afraid of losing his speakership that he won't even bring it to the floor. If I were him, I'd worry about getting reelected next year - the fact that THEIR congressman is the one directly keeping the government closed cannot be lost on his district's voters.