One reason the shutdown remains so intractable is a core of House Republicans who signalled in August they wanted to eliminate the federal health care reforms.
In a letter to Speaker John Boehner, 80 House Republicans said they supported using the “power of the purse” to end the law. It didn't get much attention at the time, but in the last week, as the shutdown loomed and then occured, national political commentators have pointed to the letter, and its author Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, as a key to they deadlock.
Several readers have asked if Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers or any of Washington's GOP House members signed onto the letter.They did not. But Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho did.
For a map of the districts of those who signed on to the letter, click here.