Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had a bit of advice for his Republican colleagues Monday if they happen to be in favor of a government shutdown: ask Newt Gingrich how the move worked out for him.
Politco reports that Reid made the suggestion about contacting the former Speaker of the House in his opening remarks that began the last week of congressional action before the August recess.
Gingrich was House speaker during a 1995 shutdown.
“If Republicans force us to the brink of another government shutdown for ideological reasons, the economy will suffer,” Reid said. “I would suggest to any of my Republican colleagues that has this idea: Give a call to Newt Gingrich. He’ll return your phone calls. Ask him how it worked. It was disastrous for Newt Gingrich, the Republicans and the country.”
Reid’s warning was directed at Republican efforts to oppose spending bills that provide funding for Obamacare.
Separate House and Senate groups have informed party leaders they will stand firm in their opposition to spending bills that contain Obamacare funding, which has raised the specter of a shutdown in Washington as a Sept. 30 deadline looms to fund the government.
Two GOP senators who have been vocal in their disdain for Obamacare don’t believe their stance will result in a government shutdown.
Writing in an op-ed for the conservative website RedState.com Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said that when it comes to a showdown decision, the ball is in President Obama’s court.
“This September, we need the American people to stand with us in demanding that not another cent be spent on implementing ObamaCare,” Rubio wrote. “At that point, the President will have a decision to make: sign it and keep the government open, or veto it and shut down the government.”
On Sunday, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said that the government will inevitably be funded, which means “the only question is whether the government gets funded with Obamacare or without.”
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