The Apocalypse Caucus

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Since it is Halloween, it seems only fitting to call attention to a WaPo article, Apocalypse on Capitol Hill. The article is about how, on six separate votes, twelve GOP House members voted “No” when failure would have resulted in a federal government shutdown. I remember in the days leading up to these votes, Majority Leader Reid cackling about the Republicans shutting down the government. The Republican leaders responded by saying it’s never going to happen. Apparently they believed it is scary like Halloween or worse, for the federal government to shut down.

Here is a list of the votes and the day each took place.
April 9th Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011 H.R. 1363
April 14th Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 H.R. 1473:
Aug. 1st Budget Control Act of 2011 S.365
Sept 21st Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 H.R. 2608
Sept 23rd Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 H.R. 2608
Oct. 4th Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 H.R. 2608

It may not be scary like Halloween, but when your party has the majority it is hard to say no to your Whip, Majority Leader, and Speaker. They tell you to get your a@@ in line, and you are expected to do that if you know what is good for you. Instead of thinking of them as a scary Apocalypse Caucus, I admire and respect these conservative Republicans. Seven of them are freshmen and I wish the number was eighty-seven.

Donald Trump, author of Trump: The Art of the Deal, has said on many occasions that the Republicans in Congress are lousy at dealing. I do believe he is right, and so do the members of the Apocalypse Caucus. Here is what some of them have said.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said GOP leaders had been wrong to accept several budget bills passed by the Democrat-held Senate. They acted out of fear that the government would shut down otherwise.

So who’s governing? I would have accepted a short government shutdown if it demonstrated Republican resolve and improved the GOP’s bargaining position. From a political standpoint, sooner or later, you have to stand up and be counted. I wish it was sooner.

Rep. Timothy Huelskamp (Kan.) In one word, it’s urgency. Do you think the problem is that urgent? I defied the GOP leadership on those votes, believing that it had repeatedly compromised and accepted spending cuts that were too small.

For all twelve Representatives, their argument was that this moment — with deficits and debt spiraling upward — was too scary for half-measures. And everything they’d been offered was a half-measure. Below are listed the twelve, and I hope I’m not alone in being more afraid of the timid and pastel Republican leadership than I am of these courageous and bold House members. I am also listing ten additional freshmen who voted “No” at least once on the six votes. The percent number beside each name is the Heritage Action Scorecard Grade.

FL-14 Mack, Connie [R] 91%
GA-10 Broun, Paul [R] 93%
GA-9 Graves, Tom [R] 97%
IA-5 King, Steve [R] 86%
IL-8 Walsh, Joe [R] 95%
KS-1 Huelskamp, Tim [R] 92%
MI-3 Amash, Justin [R] 91%
NM-2 Pearce, Steven [R] 79%
OH-4 Jordan, Jim [R] 96%
SC-2 Wilson, Joe [R] 92%
SC-3 Duncan, Jeff [R] 97%
SC-5 Mulvaney, Mick [R] 94%

10 additional House Freshmen with at least 1 No vote

FL-2 Southerland, Steve [R] 87%
ID-1 Labrador, Raúl [R] 85%
MD-1 Harris, Andy [R] 80%
MO-7 Long, Billy [R] 80%
MS-4 Palazzo, Steven [R] 64%
OH-1 Chabot, Steven [R] 82%
SC-1 Scott, Tim [R] 86%
SC-4 Gowdy, Trey [R] 95%
TX-23 Canseco, Francisco [R] 68%
VA-2 Rigell, Scott [R] 71%

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Mike gamecock DeVine
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October 31, 2011 8:54 pm

As the former designated holiday columnist for a prominent conservative website and who has only rarely missed writing a column on all holidays for a newspaper or website since 2005, I very much appreciate this entry on those grounds alone.

But what is even sweeter is that this Pilgrim-age also stresses a theme that I have often used:

Its scarier when the government is NOT shut down! more later

bobmontgomery
October 31, 2011 8:56 pm

Gee, Pilgrim, after seven or eight more election cycles, we might get enough committed conservatives in Congress to get the light bulb ban and obamacare repealed. Something for our great-grandchildren to look forward to, I guess.

LadyImpactOhio
November 1, 2011 12:56 am

Oh, how I wish Jim Jordan would run for Ohio senate. I’m praying someone will talk him into it. Rumor mill was going that Boehner threatened to redistrict him, right out of his district since OH is losing 2 seats.
There was a huge dust up about this several months ago. I was getting dueling emails from Boehner’s people and Jordan’s people.