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October 02, 2013

Piecemeal Approach to Test Party Unity

House Republicans are likely to try again "to pass three piecemeal spending bills that would reopen parts of the government, as both parties try to force the other to crack under mounting public pressure to end the two-day-old shutdown," the New York Times reports.

"The Republicans suffered embarrassing losses on Tuesday night when the three bills -- to finance veterans' programs, national parks and museums, and federally financed services in Washington -- failed to get the two-thirds majorities required to pass under fast-track procedures."

"Aides to the Republican leadership said the bills would be introduced on Wednesday under ordinary rules that require only simple majorities, and they should easily pass. But Democrats are likely to be granted procedural votes of their own, which would be an opportunity to test how many Republicans would defy their leadership and vote to reopen the entire government without crippling President Obama's health care law -- the standoff that shut down the government at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday."


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