One-Third Of House Republicans Want Shutdown

WASHINGTON (August 22, 2013)--More than one-third of the Republicans in the U.S. House are urging their leader to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund the president’s health care law.

Eighty Republicans Thursday asked House Speaker John Boehner Thursday to resist any spending bills that would fund implementation of elements of the new law.

It's virtually certain that President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats would reject such demands and a partial government shutdown probably would result.

While 80 of the House's 233 Republicans signing signed the letter, a solid majority refrained from trying to limit Boehner's options, which presumably would allow him to push a bipartisan bill that funds the health law and is supported by a "majority of the majority" of his fellow Republican, a Boehner priority.

But Boehner would need more than 60 Democratic votes to pass such a bill.

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