[Rushtalk] Civil War Looming?

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sun Mar 3 03:54:25 MST 2013

Closed-Door Meeting, Cantor Warned of ‘Civil War’
By <http://www.nationalreview.com/author/244210>Katrina Trinko
27, 2013 7:03 

House majority leader Eric Cantor is increasingly 
frustrated with a group of House Republicans who 
are working against the leadership, and he’s not afraid of voicing his dismay.

In a closed-door conference meeting on Wednesday, 
Cantor told one GOP member that if they blocked 
the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act 
(VAWA) from coming to the floor, they’d cause “civil war” in the ranks.

Cantor’s comment irked some Republican aides, who 
told National Review Online that such strong 
language is inappropriate. In recent days, some 
conservatives have been upset about the Senate’s 
version of VAWA, saying that parts of the bill are unconstitutional.

Nevertheless, Cantor’s warning may have had an 
effect. When the bill came to the floor on 
Wednesday, only nine Republicans voted against the rule to take up the bill.

Tensions between backbenchers and the leadership, 
however, are evident. Behind the scenes, House 
Republicans raised concerns about VAWA throughout 
the day. Eventually, though, the rule passed, 
414–9, and the House plans a final vote on the 
Senate’s version of VAWA on Thursday.

The nine who voted against the rule include 
Georgia Senate candidate Paul Broun and potential 
Iowa Senate candidate Steve King.
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