Nunes among GOPers urging end to shutdown

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, is one of eight House Republicans who have broken with their caucus and are calling for a clean continuing resolution to re-open the federal government, without making any changes to Obamacare.

Devin_Nunes,_official_color_photo_portraitNunes – representing California’s 22nd Congressional District, including parts of Fresno and Tulare counties – made waves yesterday by describing his GOP peers “lemmings with suicide vests” for refusing to fund the government unless Obamacare is defunded or delayed, according to the Washington Post.

“They have to be more than just a lemming. Because jumping to your death is not enough,” he said.

“You have this group saying somehow if you’re not with them, you’re with Obamcare. If you’re not with their plan – exactly what they want to do, you’re with Obamacare. It’s getting a little old,” he said.

As of this hour, the Post reports eight House Republicans would vote to re-open the government pronto. They are Nunes; Scott Rigell, R-Va.; Pat Meehan, R-Pa.; Charlie Dent, R-Pa.; Peter King, R-N.Y.; Jon Runyan, R-N.J.; Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.; and Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.

UPDATE @ 1:37 P.M.: The list is in flux, but could be growing.

UPDATE @ 2:17 P.M. WEDNESDAY: The Huffington Post’s tally now lists 18 Republicans willing to vote for a clean continuing resolution, with Nunes still the only California member among them.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.