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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Conservative group likens emerging debt deal to 'Republican surrender' -- By Rebecca Berg, The Washington Examiner

Although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell worked privately Monday on a possible deal to end the government shutdown and avert a default on the country's debt, both men publicly expressed hope that a compromise may be in sight.

“I share [Reid's] optimism that a result will be reached that will be acceptable to both sides,” McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor.

Less optimistic, however, is the Senate Conservatives Fund, the powerful outside group that recently called McConnell a "turncoat" for not standing with conservatives in their efforts to defund Obamacare. Now that McConnell, R-Ky., is in talks with Democrats to end the government shutdown that resulted from that Obamacare fight, the fund's executive director, Matt Hoskins, charged that McConnell was "negotiating the Republican surrender."

"McConnell has worked to sabotage the effort to defund Obamacare since the beginning," Hoskins said.

Conservative groups and lawmakers, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, have chided fellow Republicans throughout the budget fight, including their own congressional leaders who didn't want risk a government shutdown or default in a fight over Obamacare that they said wouldn't have stopped the law's implementation anyway.

Conservatives' goal of defunding or seriously weakening the Affordable Care Act may now have been dropped completely from an emerging framework of a spending and debt deal engineered by Reid and McConnell — and that has conservatives fuming.

"Now Mitch McConnell is working with Harry Reid on a plan to fund Obamacare and raise the debt limit," Hoskins said. "Not only will his plan force Americans to pay for a law they oppose, it will force them borrow more money to do it."

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