House Republicans – who refused to authorize continuing government funding unless the new health-care law was delayed or defunded and have refused to raise the debt limit without concessions — are seeking campaign contributions to continue the fight.
A State of the Shutdown survey sent to supporters seeks donations of $5 to defray the cost of sending the e-mail and allow the National Republican Congressional Committee to “spend all available funds attacking Democrats.”
The survey asks if Congress should raise the debt limit “as long as Republicans in the House enact significant spending cuts,” and whether the new health care law, which is intended to extend health-care coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, should be repealed.
Along with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan, the names of Tea Party-aligned Rep. Michele Bachman and other Republicans are offered as choices when asking for the “strongest communicator of Republican values.”
The survey follows the results of an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing congressional Republicans holding a public approval rating of 24 percent, the lowest in the poll’s history, with 47 percent saying they preferred a Congress controlled by Democrats.