Conservatives May Concede to Avoid Government Shutdown

July 19, 2012

Conservatives hate the idea of the lame duck session so much that many of them are willing to support a six-month continuing budget resolution at a higher spending-level than called for in their sacrosanct Ryan Budget.

"This is conservatives saying that we're willing to vote for the 1047 number," said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Id., in reference to the $1.047 trillion discretionary spending caps set by the Budget Control Act. "This is the number that we all have voted against until now. We're saying that in order to prevent a crisis we are willing to vote for that 1047 number. But let's get to the next year."

As Republicans internally discussed the possibility of voting on a CR to avoid a possible government shutdown before the election, there were questions about whether the most conservative members would come on board. 

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