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US House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the press at the US Capitol in Washington on October 1, 2013. The White House budget director late September 30, 2013 ordered federal agencies to begin closing down after Congress failed to pass a budget to avert a government shutdown.
In the latest move to get the government functioning again after a partial shutdown, the Republicans have tried to get three emergency funding bills passed that would reopen the national parks and the D.C. government, and restore veterans’ benefits. One glitch though: the Democrats are refusing to play ball and voted all the measures down.
A poll released yesterday by Quinnipiac University found that an estimated 72% of voters oppose the Republican strategy of linking federal funding to the funding of Obamacare.
With public opinion appears to be firmly on the side of the Democrats, would the party’s refusal to fund the government in piecemeal fashion hurt them? Would the Republicans be able to shift the blame now to the Dems?
Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist; former senior Obama advisor in 2008, who now runs the Los Angeles office for the Dewey Square Group
Jon Fleischman, publisher of FlashReport.org and former executive director of the state Republican Party