SENATE TO SEND BACK A “CLEAN” CR BILL TO HOUSE – HOUSE SPEAKER BOEHNER WILL HAVE TO INVOKE THE “HASTERT RULE” & ALLOW AN UP OR DOWN VOTE!

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GOVT SHUTDOWN

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Below are several GOP House members who will break away from the Tea Party contingent in their caucus and vote for a Continuing Resolution to keep the government funded and open for business WITHOUT any strings, i.e., without ANY changes to the current Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) law.  Even with the enticement of repealing the tax on medical devices (which raises $2+-BILLION DOLLARS a year) and eliminating the option for coverage for congressional staff, the GOP cannot amass the necessary 217-votes to pass another CR in their chambers with these two “provisos” in play.
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So, that only leaves a vote on the latest Senate-passed CR (stripped of all language affecting Obamacare) and GOP House Speaker John Boehner will simply have to invoke the Hastert Rule and call for Democratic support along with 20-25 GOP House members to sign-off on the Senate’s version and reach the magic number of 217 votes – the number needed for passage of the measure in the House of Representatives.
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Is this a likely scenario/outcome?  YES!  WHY?  The aforementioned GOP House members listed below represent a cadre of at least 20-25 of their GOP colleagues who are likewise ready to vote on a CR measure stripped of all impediments to the Obamacare law.  In short, ………..

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THE FOLLOWING, AN EXCERPT TAKEN FROM THIS MORNING’S “HUFFINGTON-POST” BLOGSITE ========================>

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Shortly after House Republicans unveiled their latest gambit targeting Obamacare in exchange for funding the government, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) went off-script by throwing his support behind the Senate bill, which is known as a clean continuing resolution, because it continues government funding without major amendments to other legislation.
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“Let’s see what the Senate sends back,” Dent told reporters Saturday. “If they send back another clean CR, I suspect — again, I’m not making a decision on what’s going to be on the floor — a clean CR would likely to be on the floor at some point.”
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“I’m prepared to vote for a clean resolution tomorrow,” he added Sunday, according to The New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman. “It’s time to govern. I don’t intend to support a fool’s errand.”
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Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), deputy majority whip of the House, told reporters that the decision to pass a clean government funding bill belonged entirely to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
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“He didn’t mention it, but I’m sure he could if he wanted to,” Cole said as he emerged from Saturday’s meeting.
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“We’re pretty much out of options at this point,” said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). “They’re all giddy about it. You know who benefits the most here from a shutdown? The Democrats benefit and they know that.”
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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a vocal critic of Cruz’s do-or-die approach, pinned his hopes on ‘normal people’ finding a way to avert a shutdown.
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“I don’t want to be undercutting anything that’s going on. I’m hopeful normal people are going to prevail,” he said. “There’s still time for the Senate to act.”

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Even those insisting they would support nothing less than a one-year delay of Obamacare conceded there were enough votes to pass a clean continuing resolution in the final hours.
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“I think there’s enough people in the Republican Party who are willing to do that. And I think that’s what you’re going to see,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” while maintaining that he himself would oppose such a measure.
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There are currently 200 Democrats in the House, meaning that only 17 Republicans would be needed to win a majority and pass a clean bill. And while Republicans control the chamber, it is not quite as close to the people as Jordan says. In the 2012 election, Democratic candidates for the House received more votes than Republicans.
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has repeatedly insisted — and demonstrated through bipartisan votes — that no bill that makes changes to Obamacare will get through the upper chamber as part of the shutdown fight.

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Republicans have not yet uniformly absorbed that lesson, but many observers believe the government actually shutting down will be an opportunity for a teachable moment.
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