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Next Step for Defunding: Hand Deliver the CR to the Dem Senate

Congratulations to the Republican House of Representatives for voting today to keep the federal government open while defunding Obamacare. The House’s continuing resolution (CR) maintains funding for the entire federal budget, sans Obama’s profligate, confounding, disorganized, already-imploding “reform” of American medicine.


Now, here is a small, simple, and cost-free tactic that the House GOP caucus can implement today that will shield it from the Left’s latest lie (“The Republicans want to shut down the government”).

As I recently wrote:

With news cameras present, every House Republican should march this physical bill [the CR, without Obamacare money] through the U.S. Capitol and over to the doors of the Senate chamber. “The Republican House has voted to fund federal services,” Speaker John Boehner should declare. “We hereby deliver this bill to the Democratic Senate to complete the people’s work and keep America’s government open.”

Such a simple move — physically taking the CR over to the Senate and having Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, other leaders, and the entire GOP conference hand it to Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and other GOP senators — would provide priceless news images and permanent video that the Right can play every time that the Left lies through their teeth and says that Republicans are trying to padlock the government.

The GOP voted today to keep the government open. If it gets shut down, that’s something for which Harry Reid and Obama should pay the political price.

The House also, wisely, included Senator Pat Toomey’s Full Faith and Credit Act. It would avoid a budget default by assuring that the U.S. Treasury makes interest payments to America’s bondholders before anyone else sees a check from Washington. Despite the relentless ignorance and deliberate lies peddled by lazy journalists and Democrat politicians alike, America will not default on its obligations, even if the debt limit is not raised, so long as the Treasury pays interest to U.S. creditors. Federal tax revenues are more than sufficient to do this. By including Toomey’s measure in today’s bill, Republicans can demonstrate that they have no interest in defaulting on America’s debts, never mind the Left’s repeated lies to the contrary.

By physically walking this measure over to their Senate colleagues, while the whole world is watching, House Republicans can turn these small steps across the Capitol into a giant leap for life without Obamacare.

Deroy Murdock — Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

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