Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rep. McSally Signs Letter Urging Hardline GOPers To Avoid Government Shutdown; Part Of Centrist Effort By New Members

(Updated, 9:30am, to include full text of letter.)

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2) joined with 10 other freshman Republicans in signing a letter urging hardline conservatives to avoid a government shutdown over the Planned Parenthood issue.

The "Dear Colleague" letter was obtained by Politico, and summarized there. It is now publicly posted, and reproduced here in its entirety.  The article this morning contains this snippet:

“[W]e are writing today to express our strong support for a funding resolution that will avoid another unnecessary and harmful government shutdown.  [W]e were elected by our constituent’s to be principled, pragmatic leaders… The sixteen-day government shutdown in 2013 … not only hurt taxpayers with the loss of important government services — it actually cost more taxpayer money to close the federal government than to keep it open.”
The letter, from the freshmen in the 65-member Republican Main Street Partnership, puts McSally at odds with Arizona's four other Republican Representatives. Salmom, Gosar, Schweikert and Franks are all members of the House Freedom Caucus, consisting of the more conservative members at odds with House leadership. Salmon has been among the leaders of the latter.

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