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80 in House: Shutdown is better than 'Obamacare'

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WASHINGTON (AP) -

More than one-third of House Republicans are urging their leader to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund "Obamacare."

   Eighty Republicans on Thursday asked Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) to resist any spending bills that would help implement the new health care law.

   It's virtually certain that President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats would reject such demands. A partial government shutdown probably would result.

   With 80 of the House's 233 Republicans signing the letter, a solid majority has refrained from trying to limit Boehner's options. That presumably would allow him to push a bipartisan bill that funds the health law and is supported by a "majority of the majority" of his fellow Republicans. That's a Boehner priority.

   But Boehner would need more than 60 Democratic votes to pass such a bill.

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