With 60 Republicans already pushing Boehner, above, to defund Obamacare in any spending bill, the speaker may not be able to cobble together a House majority on a bill that Obama would sign without Democratic votes.
As Ellis noted, at some point, you have to cut a deal. Chip Roy, chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a signer of the Senate ultimatum letter, blasted opponents of the shutdown strategy with the hashtag #surrendercaucus on Twitter.
Ellis took him to task.
“The problem with the Lee letter is that it leaves us no room to do the eventual negotiation we know we have to do,” he tweeted back.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.