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Updated: 10/05/2013 08:00:02AM

Local congressmen playing games with shutdown

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Once again, the words of our local congressmen are not matching up with his votes. In the past, we have lauded Representative Tom Rooney and Dennis Ross for their independence from party orthodoxy. It is increasingly harder to do, as Rooney and Ross succumb to the fear of a tea party primary opponent and lurched rightward in recent years.

The latest example was their unwillingness to buck the tea party or House Speaker John Boehner in their foolish strategy of demanding a repeal of the Affordable Care Act in exchange for passing a bill to fund the government. The gambit resulted in the shutting down of non-essential federal government functions across the country.

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