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McHenry predicts ‘Government shutdown’ PDF Print
Written by Lauren Ohnesorge   
Tuesday, 24 July 2007 20:00

Through an article in yesterday’s Washington Times, Avery County Representative Patrick McHenry predicted an impending government shutdown.

McHenry wrote that in 1995, a “newly anointed Congressional majority seeking to assert its power… had a head-on collision with a president in desperate search for political relevance after a crushing electoral defeat.” The result? According to McHenry, the outcome was a government shutdown. Twelve years later, McHenry sees parallels, saying President George W. Bush has drawn a “line in the sand,” promising to veto any spending bill that exceeds his administration’s request. Bush has been using what McHenry calls “the veto pen,” and according to McHenry, Democrats, who know he will use the pen, send him legislation anyway, including a timeline for leaving Iraq. McHenry called last November’s election results “a clear mandate… against wasteful spending in Washington,” and concludes by saying a repeat of 1995 could be what Republicans need to “ensure voters understand we heard them loud and clear.”

“It appears likely the Democrats,” he wrote, “… burdened by their gluttony- will hand Republicans that opportunity.”

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