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February 6, 2016

Heritage Action Supports Debt Limit Hike

Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham told reporters Wednesday morning that Republicans should raise the debt ceiling but keep the continuing resolution fight focused on dismantling Obamacare.

At a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Needham said he was “sure” the markets would react negatively if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling. And he seemed to be aware of the economic and political hellfire that Republicans could face if they refused to raise the debt ceiling without concessions.

Instead, Needham said Republicans should keep the fight on the CR, and keep the spotlight on defunding Obamacare.

It was Heritage Action that largely brought the outside pressure on Republican leadership to pursue a strategy of defunding Obamacare through the CR, and many blame the group for advancing a government shutdown.

“My tactic is to focus on the CR,” Needham said.

He’s not alone.

Conservative columnist Erick Erickson advocated a similar position Monday, and two GOP lawmakers independently brought up the Erickson op-ed as a possible pathway ahead.

  • hippie1367

    The scumbags who originally suggested the ACA framework

    • Jesse4

      . . . and then led the fight against their own idea.

  • MrSmith

    Good advice. The Democrats would love to change people’s focus away from the CR fight.
    When WIC mothers, cancer patients and veterans join DC employees in protests against Harry’s blockade of the minibills the CR fight will be over.

  • Beeker

    I guess you didn’t get the memo, the GOP has abandoned that tactic because they burned through most of the demands only to be rebuffed. Try again.

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