Oct 3, 2013

Zero Wisconsin Republicans Call for Up-or-Down Vote to End Shutdown

Paul Ryan and GOP friends posture, but will not end shutdown;
or even call for a simple Up-or-Down vote. Yes or No? And what
the hell is Paul Ryan, House Budget Chair, doing? Staring into space?
GOP: Gov shutdown is irrational and destructive, but let's keep doing it.

We're not going to be disrespected," Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Indiana.) told The Washington Examiner. "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is," notes the Huffington Post.

That's crazy.

ThinkProgress is keeping a running total of Republicans who differ from Stutzman and would vote to open government now, if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would allow a simple Up-or-Down vote to end the shut-down.

Boehner says:  No way.

And the entire Wisconsin Republican congressional delegation is with Boehner, following the most extremist and destructive Republicans in our nation's history.

Writes John Isreal:
Seventeen House Republicans have now indicated that they would support a 'clean' continuing resolution, like the one passed by the U.S. Senate, to reopen the government. If they joined with all 200 House Democrats, it is possible that they could give majority support to such a bill without any additional Republicans — if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) allowed an up-or-down vote.
Cowards. The list of seventeen contains not one Republican from Wisconsin.

Take Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Sherwood):

From Kate Nocera:
Wisconsin Republican Reid Ribble called the shutdown strategy “irrational” and admitted that it would cause “risk to our economy.” And yet—out of loyalty to leadership, fear of a primary opponent or some other mysterious reason—he voted with the rest of his party for the “irrational” and economy-damaging strategy at every opportunity. You get zero credit for knowing the right thing if you keep doing the wrong thing anyway.

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