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article imagePoll: GOP in Congress to blame for government shutdown

By William M. Schmalfeldt     Sep 30, 2013 in Politics
Washington - According to the latest CNN/ORC International poll, 46 percent of American respondents said they would blame Republicans on Capitol Hill for a government shutdown while 36 percent said they would hold Obama responsible.

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Thirteen percent said they would blame both sides.
Unless through some miracle the situation is resolved before midnight tonight, the Federal government will be closed. House Republicans passed a spending measure on Sunday that delays the health care law for one year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has said that idea is a non-starter and President Obama has vowed to veto any such bill that arrives on his desk.
According to Talking Points Memo:
Monday's survey wasn't the first indication that Republicans will absorb the lion's share of the public backlash if the government shuts down. A CNN/ORC poll released earlier this month also found that congressional Republicans would bear more of the fallout from a government shutdown than Obama.
Even some Senate Republicans are blasting their House colleagues for their actions. According to The Hill, Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) noted her opposition to the president's signature healthcare law, but said that she wouldn't support forcing a government shutdown with poison pill ObamaCare provisions.
"I disagree with the strategy of linking Obamacare with the continuing functioning of government-a strategy that cannot possibly work," Collins said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.
Last week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) called the House Republican measure to tie the continuation of government services to defunding the Affordable Care Act intellectually dishonest.
"I’m all for getting change in to the Affordable Care Act, eliminating it, and doing something that’s more transparent and more market-oriented,” Coburn said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe. “But to create the impression that we can defund ObamaCare when the only thing we control — and barely — is the U.S. House of Representatives is not intellectually honest.“
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