RedState.com’s Erick Erickson Says Republicans Need To Show Willingness to End Goverment Shutdown Without Funding Obamacare [AUDIO]
On the Tuesday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Erick Erickson from RedState.com talked with Chad Hasty about the political implications of the government shutdown.
Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate have been arguing for weeks over the government's spending plan for the new fiscal year, and whether or not to include anti-Obamacare provision in the plan. Last night, neither side refused to compromise and a plan was not approved, leading to the first government shutdown in 18 years.
Erickson said that it's no surprise Republicans are getting blamed for the shutdown, and many Republicans didn't want to get involved in the fight against Obamacare anyway. But now they need to show the public that there are willing to end the shutdown, but not to fund Obamacare.
"I talked to a member of Congress this morning who told me that he sees leadership staffers huddling in the corner waiting to lose. They're not even trying to win. What I think they need to be doing is be on the floor of the House every hour passing appropriations bills and sending them to the Senate, make them look reasonable, show that they are doing their job. They are willing to fund the government, they're just not willing to fund Obamacare."
Erickson said that he expects the shutdown to last only a few weeks at the very most. In the meantime, he stressed that Republicans need to hold strong to their resolve to not fund Obamacare. However, he also mentioned that there could be a chance that the House Republicans cave in to the Senate, and that he has very little faith in the strength of the Republican leaders in the house.
As for how the shutdown will affect Republicans in 2014, he predicted that Republicans will still maintain control of the House due to redistricting, but Speaker of the House John Boehner will probably not serve another term.
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