Sunday, October 20, 2013

Times: Labrador Blames Moderates for Failure of 'Shutdown Strategy'

Posted By on Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

This morning's New York Times quite literally deconstructs the U.S. House of Representative in the shadow of a bruising three-week fight that resulted in a partial federal shutdown and a threatened financial default. The Times categorized the factions of the House, how they voted on the compromise that ended the shutdown, and where they'll probably land in January 2014 when the same fiscal showdown is expected to be repeated.

Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson falls under the category of "G.O.P. Leadership," comprised of the House's veteran Republican caucus. More than half were elected before 2004 (Simpson was first elected to the House in 1998). House G.O.P. Leadership voted 31 in favor of the compromise, 13 against.

Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador falls under the category of "Shutdown Strategists," which includes signers of an Aug. 21 letter that urged House leaders to tie the budget to defunding the president's health-care law. The Times writes that Labrador "blamed moderates for the failure of the shutdown strategy." Thirty-three members of this group voted against the compromise. Only five voted yes.

Here's how the remaining categories voted:

One hundred-ninety members of the "Democratic Core" voted for the compromise.

Eight members of "Defund Democrats," who have regularly voted to defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act, voted in favor of the compromise.

Among "Moderates," 19 House members voted for the compromise and one voted against.

Among "Defund Moderates," 43 House members voted against the compromise and 18 voted yes.

In the category of "Tea Party Afilliates," 16 House members voted against the compromise and 10 voted yes.

And among the "Tea Party Core," 38 House members voted against the compromise and four voted yes.

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