Debt Ceiling Crisis Averted, House Tea Partiers Express No Regrets
The House lawmakers who brought the nation to the brink of default think they put up a just fight. Uh oh.
After the Senate voted 81 to 18 to approve a bill to raise the debt ceiling and fund the federal government, the House followed suit late Wednesday night, with 87 Republicans joining the entire Democratic caucus in support of the measure, one that included none of the original tea party demands to delay or defund Obamacare. In a statement, President Obama expressed his wish that Washington "put the last three weeks behind us."
Among House Republicans on Wednesday night, Massie's attitude was hardly an outlier.
Asked if the shutdown and debt fight had been worth, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) didn't blink: "Absolutely, I think it's worth it! It's been worth it because what we did is we fought the right fight." Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) argued that the House's intransigence was ultimately critical to America's survival. "For this government to continue as a republican form of democracy, we've got to have both houses contribute, not one," he said before hopping on an elevator.