October 14, 2013


Video Suggests Republicans Wanted to Force a Shutdown

"The Republicans' decision to alter an obscure procedural rule has enraged Democrats and given them evidence that Republicans have purposefully throw the government into chaos with a shutdown," BuzzFeed reports.

"Normally, any member of the House can force a vote on legislation which the Senate and House are unable to agree on. Although it is a rarely used mechanism, House Republicans were taking no chances in the days leading up to the shutdown. Republican leaders were nervous about the possibility that the Senate's clean spending extension bill would pass the chamber on the strength of Democratic votes -- or worse, that it would fail, taking it off the table permanently as a solution."










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