Rumor of Caving on Debt Ceiling False
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) rallied Republicans on Friday at a closed-door conference meeting and did not talk about a possible "grand bargain" to end standoffs over the government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling.
Lawmakers emerging from the meeting said Boehner told his colleagues they are locked in an "epic battle" with President Obama and Democrats on the shutdown.
They said Boehner sought to hype up his conference a day after reports that the Speaker has told some members he will not allow the country to default, and is willing to bring legislation to the floor that would depend on Democrat votes for passage.
Those reports unnerved some conservative Republicans who have often battled their Speaker, but GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Ark.) left the meeting Friday saying his conference was "incredibly unified."
Huelskamp, who lost his committee assignments for not voting with this party, said the GOP is "more unified since I've been here in 2 years and nine months."
The House will be in session on Saturday to vote on new spending bills that will fund parts of the government as well as a bill that would provide back-pay to furloughed federal workers once the shutdown ends. No votes are scheduled for Sunday.
That GOP effort has been going on for a few days as Republicans fight to improve their public opinion ratings in the shutdown showdown...
The White House on Friday reiterated that it would veto piecemeal spending bills, saying it was "not a serious or responsible way to run the US government."
"Instead of opening up a few government functions, the House of Representatives should re-open all of the Government," the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.
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Editor's Note: It cannot be stressed enough that appropriations bills, traditionally and up until just recently, have always been passed as separate bills. The "omnibus" appropriation bills that lump everything together have always served to hide pork!...
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