First on CNN: DCCC launches online ads in shutdown fight
September 24th, 2013
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First on CNN: DCCC launches online ads in shutdown fight

Updated 8:38 a.m. ET, 9/24/2013

Washington (CNN) – The lurching government shutdown may be headed toward your Facebook page.

With less than a week before Congress must reach a deal to avert a shutdown, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting 27 House Republicans with paid Facebook ads this week.

The ad campaign, "This is Insanity," urges Facebook users to signs petitions and tell members of Congress to take Obamacare off the table as it negotiates a spending bill to fund the government past September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

"Tell Republicans: Don't shut down the gov't to pad health insurance companies' profits," one ad reads, with a photo of House Speaker John Boehner attached.

Read: Shutdown showdown: How it plays out this week

On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also launched online ads last week that focused on Republicans who supported the legislative maneuver.

Read: 10 ways a government shutdown would affect your daily life

The GOP-controlled Republicans passed a bill Friday that would continue funding the government but would defund Obamacare. The bill is now in the Democratic-led Senate, where it's expected to be stripped of its Obamacare provision. If the two chambers don't reach an agreement soon, the country could face another shutdown.

"House Republicans are doubling down on their insane priorities, by jeopardizing military pay and seniors’ Social Security checks – all so insurance companies have free rein over our health care decisions," said Emily Bittner of the DCCC.

Once the Senate version is sent back to the House, Boehner will have to make a choice. He could decide to sit on the measure, an action that would lead to a government shutdown, which he has said he opposes.

He could also bring the revised bill for a vote and possibly allow for new amendments, or he could allow a vote with no amendments and see if a few dozen Republicans will join House Democrats to pass the Senate bill, thus avoiding the shutdown.

Read: Can it be stopped? 8 answers on Obamacare and the shutdown

But it all has to happen before midnight on Monday, so the clock is ticking.

While Democrats don't want to see the president's health care law tampered with in the current fiscal showdown, Republicans argue they're simply listening to their constituents who fear Obamacare will have damaging effects on the economy.

“I’ll tell you what’s insane–the fact that House Democrats are so obsessed with protecting Obamacare and their wasteful spending sprees that they are willing to shut down the government," said Daniel Scarpinato, national press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "House Republicans would rather stand with the American people, who are increasingly opposed to ObamaCare and desperately want Washington to get spending under control."

The DCCC's Facebook campaign targets the following members of Congress:

Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan
Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado
Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois
Rep. Jeff Denham of California
Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey
Rep. Chris Gibson of Republicans
Rep. Michael Grimm of New York
Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada
Rep. David Joyce of Ohio
Rep. John Kline Minnesota
Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa
Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey
Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia
Rep. Gary Miller of California
Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota
Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico
Rep. Tom Reed of New York
Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia
Rep. Jon Runyan of New Jersey
Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida
Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska
Rep. David Valadao of California
Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan
Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. kirk

    And so far as foodstamps 50% of people affected will be children. More of your god fearing Christian republicans, hard at work. And inequality hit a new record last year, hooray fair, that should make your day

    September 24, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. jinx9to88

    It makes me laugh when I read the GOP supporters saying DEMS should listen to the 55% of the American people that dont like Obamacare, but where was their concern when 90% wanted background checks on gun sales? GOP are such Hypocrite!!!

    September 24, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Barry Goldwater in 1964: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink?"

    This little comment reminds me of years gone by. My father put a Goldwater (Goldwater in '64; Coldwater in '65; Underwater in '66) lawn sign out starting in October. Every morning the sign would be gone. On the way home from work he'd have another sign tucked under his arm and would put it out. And again, the sign would disappear. If my memory serves, he stopped putting new signs out a few days before election day.

    The day after the election, our neighbor invited my father over for a beer. Sitting in lawn chairs they chatted a bit and when my father stood up to come home, our neighbor stood as well and invited Dad into his garage: neatly stacked against the wall were all my father's disappearing Goldwater signs.

    September 24, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Neutral Observer

    I sure hope the close down Obama care. This was passed quite unilaterally so I can't imagine why they would have any personal feelings to defend it.
    ---------------------
    Unilaterally? The right wing loves to lie to itself, it's constituents, and the American public. Back 2009, when work began on writing a health care reform bill, Republicans made one of their ridiculous, principled stands and decided not to participate in the process of writing the legislation. They boycotted the committee meetings. Don't believe it? Why else do you think that Pres. Obama had called for a nationally televised, health care summit, which forced Republicans to the table....and who showed up with a no intention of wavering from their position of "no compromise."

    You can visit John Boehner's congressional web site and read the blog titled, "Republican Health Care Reform", dated Jul 27, 2009 to see what the Republican "solutions and proposals" for health care reform. The ideas basically sustained the status quo. Republicans refused to budge or compromise from what was outlined in the blog post.

    September 24, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    @April S.

    Say nothing because you seem confused too.

    September 24, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. kirk

    Simply amazing how many people on here actually think the gop plan includes them, if they could realize that they work for the Koch brothers they will see their intentions are evil, pure greed why in the world would someone with that much money need to attack the poor, spending BIG money to do it, rich people don't waste their money.

    September 24, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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