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Morning Examiner: House Republicans set spending showdown for today

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House Republicans are taking no chances with the upcoming vote on legislation that would authorize funding for the federal government through the end of this fiscal year. When House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., first released the Continuing Resolution (CR) Monday, House leaders scheduled the vote for Thursday. But with a major snow storm about to hit D.C., and with activist organizations signaling they intend to be a problem, House leaders moved up the vote to sometime between 10 AM and 1 PM today … right when the worst of the snow storm is supposed to hit.

FreedomWorks announced yesterday they opposed the CR since it did not include an amendment depriving Obamacare of needed implementation funds. So far though key conservative members have ignored the outside activists.

“The fact is that if we get the CR at the post-sequester level that is a big win,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is a former Republican Study Committee chairman, told The Hill. Current RSC chair Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was also on board, “I support the approach.”

House Republicans will need to maintain near-perfect cohesion today as few, if any, Democrats are expected to vote for Rogers CR. Democrats are hoping enough conservative House members abandon their party, vote with Democrats, defeat the bill, and give President Obama and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a big win. At that point Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., would take the lead in crafting a much more liberal CR in the Senate.

Thankfully, it appears most House conservatives are picking their battles wisely and seeing the bigger picture. “Look, we are winning by holding the numbers,” Rep. Dave Schweikert, R-Ariz., told The Hill. “We should embrace it and run with joy.”

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