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October 1st, 2013
08:11 PM ET

Government shutdown's architect & the "Suicide Caucus"

They've been called the "Suicide Caucus": The 80 Republican members of the House of Representatives who pushed their Speaker John Boehner to oppose a continuing resolution that funds the government unless it also de-funds Obamacare. Behind it all is one Congressman in particular, a freshman from North Carolina who many say is the architect of the shutdown. CNN's Brian Todd profiles Rep. Mark Meadows.


Filed under: Brian Todd • GOP • Government shutdown • Mark Meadows
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  1. jlazewatsky

    "Suicide Caucus" eh? Based on the harm to people who depend on Federal government services and programs, the better name might be the "Homicide Caucus".

    October 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  2. Steve

    Uh... The Republicans just want to get rid of all the exemptions for special interest groups. C'mon, if the law is so great, why do they need to allow exemptions for some folks...like Unions. Really? Unions need exemptions? By the way, they "foisted" this THING on us without funding it first? Really? I had this same conversation with my 5-year old. "You gotta pay for it first, Sweetie. You can't just pick it up off the shelf and take it home." Well, we'll pay for it all right. Just watch. Good job, Republicans. Shame on us for allowing Obamacare to happen.

    October 3, 2013 at 6:36 am |
  3. Rick

    How about if the Senate and the congressman do not get paid while There's a shutdown

    October 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm |
  4. Anita Phillips

    I want names! Each and every congressman needs to reap what they sow. T- party terrorist.

    October 2, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
  5. john

    Its odd how no one in the media is talking about this group when they are 100% responsible for whats going on.

    October 2, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • Steve

      I don't know what news you are watching, buddy. But, there is plenty of blame going around on all news channels. There's the Republicans who hate Obamacare, the T-Party folks who are pushing to force the issue of fairness in Obamacare (same program for ALL), the Democrats who have to stay lockstep with the party and support Obamacare even though they know it's broke to start with, and everyone else who didn't figure out a way to avoid this prior to the shutdown. Lots of blame. Nothing helpful. But lots of blame. By the way, you KNOW it's broke when Obama keeps pointing out that it's the law and how we just now need to "fix" it an move on. As my pappy used to say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Well, the only reason Obamacare needs fixing is because it is broke to start with.

      October 3, 2013 at 7:29 am |
      • jlazewatsky

        So, you're so smart, you know how to write a perfect law that will have absolutely no unintended consequences for anyone? That is completely impossible. All Obama did was to acknowledge that and express a willingness to adjust it as necessary. The law itself contains a variety of "experimental" features that allow data gathering for further adjustment. This is just common sense with something a complex as the health care system.

        October 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

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