House Leaders Plan to Use Ted Cruz's Strategy Next
He suggests passing a series of bills to fund individual agencies
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, returns to his Capitol Hill office Monday night.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – House Republicans can't get one big spending bill through the Senate, so how about lots of little spending bills? That seems to be the strategy they're settling on, reports Roll Call, and it's one floated previously by the Senate's Ted Cruz. The House plans to vote on a series of separate bills that would keep individual agencies open through mid-December. The VA and the National Park Service are likely candidates. Still, don't expect this to solve anything, because comments from Democrats suggest they won't go along.

“They’re trying to [do this] a little piecemeal, to give kind of a faux way of solving problems,” says Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Politico suggests it's a move by John Boehner to try to show that Republicans are earnestly working toward a solution. President Obama, meanwhile, tried to sway public opinion himself in afternoon remarks in the Rose Garden, reports NBC News. "This Republican shutdown did not have to happen," he said. "But I want every American to understand why it did happen. They've shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health insurance to millions of Americans."

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Oct 2, 2013 1:10 PM CDT
Ah, we'll take the entire U.S. government hostage and then make the democrats feel guilty when they won't ransom the pieces one at a time? Right. Tragic, but I think the pres needs to stand firm on this one - no negotiating with legislative terrorists.
Oct 2, 2013 11:20 AM CDT
Obama is so right on, it makes Republicans want to throw up. How could a black man possibly have more humanity than conservative whites gasping to maintain their place on the social ladder? I guess it's pretty easy.
Oct 2, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
Democrats show us time and time again, they don't care about the American people, just appropriating/spending our money which increases their power and influence. We all know that government is too big.... why else would democrats refuse to reign it in?