Tea Partiers Debate New Shutdown

21 November 2013 |permalink | email article

Conservative leaders from more than a dozen outside groups warned congressional Tea Party Caucus members against another government shutdown. A heated discussion broke out Wednesday at a closed-door Tea Party Party Caucus meeting organized by the group TheTeaParty.net, according to a source in the room.  The consensus in the meeting was that House Republicans should work to avoid another government funding fight when current funding levels expire on Jan. 15—“though there was a vocal minority cheering it on.” But, as Politico reported, members of prominent conservative outside groups warned the Tea Party Caucus against a repeat of October’s 16-day impasse over government funding, warning that the shutdown fight was the Democrat’s best chance to recapture the House. GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Steve King of Iowa were among a dozen other conservative lawmakers in attendance. Other groups, including Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, were also represented.

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