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Mike Lee’s shutdown threat ‘dumb idea’ or principled move?

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Norm Ornstein, a congressional scholar employed by the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said it wasn’t surprising that Lee would threaten a shutdown, calling him a "take-no-prisoners extremist senator from Utah." But in a column in the National Journal, Ornstein said it is "depressing" to see that the Senate’s third highest-ranking Republican, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, signed on.

Ornstein said the effort to undermine the law, passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court, is unprecedented and "sharply beneath any reasonable standards of elected officials with the fiduciary responsibility of governing."

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