Boehner's Legacy on the Line in Shutdown

House Speaker John Boehner’s legacy is jeopardy as he struggles to end the first government shutdown in 17 years, NBC News reported. There are enough votes in the House to pass the spending bill approved by Senate, a move that would continue funding the government until mid-November. To do so, the Ohio Republican right now would have to rely on a bare majority of his Republican colleagues as well as votes from Democratic members. But that move, could cause the Tea Party conservatives he’s overseen for the past two and a half years to find their leader guilty of violating the party’s principles or making a misstep in the budget negotiations. A revolt among his members would be seen as sign of weakness and could result in his ouster. But failing to resolve the standoff has potential consequences as well, both for the GOP and the Speaker. The Quinnipiac University survey shows that Americans disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing by 74 percent to 17 percent.

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