Guy Benson
Let's first acknowledge the reason Republicans even have this opportunity in the first place: Democratic cowardice, plain and simple.  Democrats, who controlled everything, could have passed an actual 2011 budget last year.  With a tough election looming, they elected to punt rather than repulse voters with another bloated, irresponsible monstrosity.  Now they're reaping the immediate consequences of their own abdication of leadership.  Namely:

The Pence Amendment, defunding Planned Parenthood - Passes 240-185.

The King Amendment, defunding Obamacare implementation - Passes 241-187, along with three additional anti-Obamacare provisions.

The Poe Amendment, blocking funding for EPA enforcement of greenhouse gas regulations - Passes 249-177.

A slew of additional conservative-backed amendments will face votes later today, including a move to strip funding from PBS and NPR.   Soon enough, this showdown will shift to the Senate.

UPDATE: A measure supported by the conservative Republican Study Committee to cut $22 Billion in additional CR funds was defeated 147-281, with 92 Republicans voting no.

UPDATE IIPolitico reports that a top aide to Nancy Pelosi is predicting that a government shutdown is "more likely than not."  If that's the case, Democrats will rush to blame the mess on GOP intransigence.  Madame ex-Speaker might be reminded that it was her own caucus that refused to even offer a budget last year, purely for political reasons.  That is the only reason a government shutdown is even remotely possible in the coming months.  She made this bed by allowing her party to shirk its responsibility.

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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