The Hill: House GOP in 'Civil War,' Leaderless

Sunday, 15 Sep 2013 09:44 PM

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A serious rift that has been called a "civil war" in House GOP ranks threatens to challenge House Speaker John Boehner's leadership as Congress grapples with Obamacare and a new spending bill.

The Capitol's respected The Hill newspaper reported Sunday that "Republican lawmakers are growing increasingly frustrated with what they say is a lack of communication from their leaders."

The paper says both "centrist and conservative members" believe that "Boehner and his lieutenants" could have laid out a better strategy in dealing with the implementation of Obamacare and calls for its defunding.

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Now the House faces a dilemma: either shut down the government over Obamacare or continue its funding in full.

The party's grassroots has been demanding a full defunding, but the House leadership has been disconnected from the party's grassroots, some members tell the Hill.

"The leadership, because of other obligations they have during the August recess to raise money and meet with groups, may not have had as many town hall meetings in their specific districts as rank-and-file members, and so they may not have been aware of how strongly the message was delivered to those of us who did stay in our districts the entire August recess," Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., told the Hill.

The Hill quotes several GOP lawmakers who now say the party is "leaderless."

With public support waning on Obamacare — including rising union sentiment against key provisions of the law — the Republicans in Congress have failed to offer a coherent messaging strategy for the public and may fumble the opportunity to defund Obamacare or seriously modify the current law.


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