Friday, November 24, 2017
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Editorial: On shutdown, reasonable Republicans start to be heard

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Reasonable Florida Republicans are speaking up in Washington and signaling they are prepared to end the government shutdown by voting for a temporary spending bill that does not try to delay or gut the Affordable Care Act. That is a positive development, and they should urge House Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on a clean bill that would end the stalemate.

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Indian Shores, said he has told Boehner that Republicans have made their point about opposing the health care law and it is time to move forward. The House's longest-serving Republican should continue to speak out about the importance of ending an unnecessary crisis and keeping government functioning.

Other Florida Republicans also sound prepared to be more pragmatic. Reps. Dennis Ross of Lakeland and Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami have signaled that they are ready to move forward to end the stalemate and stop tying a temporary budget to derailing the health care law. The more voices, the better. A minority of conservative House Republicans are holding the nation hostage with their unreasonable demands. Boehner should allow a vote on a straightforward spending bill that would gain bipartisan support and end a partisan fight that is inflicting too much pain on Florida and the nation.

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