The Federal Government Shutdown And The Power Of The Tea Party

The Federal Government Shutdown And The Power Of The Tea Party

Congressional Tea Party members and their Republican supporters hold firm to a federal shutdown over the Affordable Care Act. Diane and her guests to discuss the power of the Tea Party and its political future.

In President Barack Obama’s words yesterday, “One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government shut down major parts of the government because they didn’t like one law." That one law is the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday a key provision of the law which allows individuals without affordable insurance to shop for policies went into effect. Tea Party Republicans and their supporters in the House demanded that the law be defunded or at least delayed in exchange for averting a government shutdown. Senate Democrats and the president were unwilling to budge. Diane and her guests to discuss what’s different about this impasse and where we go from here.


Rep. Michael Burgess

(R-Texas), 26th District

Norman Ornstein

resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; co-author of "It's Even Worse Than It Looks."

Molly Ball

staff writer, The Atlantic.

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