U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Tom Graves, all Republicans from Georgia, were named today to the list of 32 House Republicans who "brought the federal government to a standstill" since last week, by The Atlantic.
The Atlantic came out with the list to underline how small is the number of lawmakers in Washington who are causing the first shutdown in 17 years.
Republicans refused to support a budget resolution that does not include defunding of President Barack Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).
The article implies that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who prior to the shutdown said he wouldn't allow government shutdown over Obamacare, has his hands tied by a small group of extremely conservative House members.
Graves, a sophomore congressman, was the author of the original House budget resolution that defunded Obamacare, the Stability, Security and Fairness Act. The U.S. Senate voted down that bill.
Gingrey voted in favor of Graves' resolution and promised he would oppose any measure that fully allows implementation of Obamacare.
"Obamacare is a trillion dollar disaster that a majority of Americans do not support. As promised, I joined House Republicans … in defunding the health care law and I will not vote for any legislation that funds the federal government’s takeover of our health care system by a single dime,” Gingrey said.
Broun, who authored his own bill to rival Obamacare, also promised he will fight to defund and eventually repeal ACA.
"We can work to repeal Obamacare, and replace it with solutions, like my Patient OPTION Act, that will put Americans, not government, in charge of their healthcare decisions,” said Broun.
Click here to view The Atlantic article with the full list.