Boehner’s Dilemma: Cave to Tea Party Tantrum or Stand Up for All Americans

Tantrum throwing Tea Party Republicans in the House and Senate are aiming to shutdown the federal government if they don’t get their way repealing the patient protections and budget savings in the Affordable Care Act.

A few Republicans have pushed back on this harmful and ridiculous strategy:

Rep. Tom Cole described the latest GOP shutdown threat “the political equivalent of throwing a temper tantrum.”

Sen. John McCain said: “…So some would like to set up another one of these shutdown-the-government threats.  And most Americans are really tired of those kinds of shenanigans here in Washington.

Sen. Richard Burr: “That’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of. As long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is going to be the law…I was around in 1995 [when Congressional Republicans shutdown the government]. Some of these guys need to understand that if you shut down the federal government, you’d better have a specific reason to do it that’s achievable. Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the federal government.”

And some GOP Senators who originally signed onto the letter laying out this plan have pulled their support in the wake of backlash from the American people. From POLITICO:

…after signing the Lee letter, Cornyn said he had “second thoughts” and took his name off of it…The other GOP senators who took their names off the letter are Roger Wicker of Mississippi and Mark Kirk of Illinois.

But Tea Party Republicans in the House are still urging GOP leaders to defund the health care law. From POLITICO:

More than 60 Republicans have signed a letter urging Speaker John Boehner to defund Obamacare when Congress funds the government in September…

One House Republican – Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana – released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that he was “not going to vote for a continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare.”

Where does Speaker Boehner stand? Will he oppose the tantrum throwing Tea Party Republicans and stay true to his statement last year that the Affordable Care Act was the law of the land or will he let the radical GOP hold the federal government hostage – harming families, small businesses, veterans, seniors… everyone – for no realistic purpose?

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