Lawmakers see $$$ in shutdown fight
For all the finger-pointing over who is to blame for a possible government shutdown over Obamacare, politicians have seen an upside to the fight: Fundraising. Take these two appeals from Florida:
Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach: "The GOP is no more - now all they want to do is kowtow to the Tea Party, and last night they crossed the line. In addition to holding our nation hostage with demands that don't make sense, they added a new layer to it last night. They added a conscience clause to their list of demands that we must follow if we want to avert certain economic disaster. What is a conscience clause?, you may ask. Well it says that an employer or insurer has the right to deny women access to safe and affordable birth control for "religious" reasons. The Tea Party must be stopped- we worked far too hard to let our seat go back into the hands of another radical whackadoo like Allen West. The deadline that we are facing at midnight tomorrow is far too important to do anything but surpass. We must stop this insanity here and now. Can you click here and contribute before it's too late and the Tea Party has another vote in Congress that will do anything to score dumb political points?"
Sen. Marco Rubio (via Terry Sullivan, his PAC director): "Yesterday Harry Reid called those who disagree with him on ObamaCare "extremists", "anarchists" and "fanatics." But these attacks on our efforts won't change the fact that millions of small business owners and families across the country are experiencing firsthand the negative impacts of this disastrous law. The U.S. Senate will vote this week to fund ObamaCare, but we can stop it and send a strong message to Harry Reid that the days of Washington infringing on our liberties are over. Take action today and sign our Not One More Cent to ObamaCare petition to show you stand with Senator Rubio. ... Then once you sign the petition, pitch in $5, $10 or $20 today to help us with our goal at Reclaim America PAC – to replace Harry Reid with a conservative Majority Leader."