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GOP unity frays on shutdown

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Republican unity continued to fray Tuesday with yet another member of the House GOP demanding his party leaders relent in their fight against Obamacare.

Rep. Scott Rigell, Virginia Republican, issued a statement demanding that the House vote on the Senate’s spending bill, which funds the government without any strings on Obamacare.


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“Republicans fought the good fight. The fight continues but is not advanced by a government shutdown that damages our economy and harms our military,” Mr. Rigell, a second-term lawmaker, said. “The time has come to pass a clean CR to reopen the government.”

Hours later, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid read Mr. Rigell’s comments on the Senate floor, urging GOP leaders to listen to their own rank-and-file.

Mr. Rigell also voted against the initial House spending bill last week, arguing that the spending level was too low to fund the military. The defense industry has a heavy presence in his district.

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