Republican freshmen urge House to avoid government shutdown

Tourists walk past the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eleven first-term Republicans in the House of Representatives on Wednesday appealed to party colleagues to back away from a threatened government closure on Oct. 1, citing concerns about the political and economic costs of such an action. “We are writing today to express our strong support for a funding resolution that will avoid another unnecessary and harmful government shutdown,” said Ryan Costello, Elise Stefanik, Mimi Walters and eight other signers of the letter. Congress is close to the brink of another possible shutdown because conservative House Republicans have vowed not to support any federal spending plan that provides continued taxpayer support for Planned Parenthood, the women’s healthcare group.

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