STAYING COURSE: Many House Republicans who have supported allowing the government to shut down are continuing to hold fast, saying shutdowns and not raising the debt ceiling are not insurmountable. “No question, a government shutdown hampers the economy,” said Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama’s defense and aerospace-heavy northern congressional district. But there were 17 shutdowns between 1976 and 1995, yet the economy boomed in the 1980s and 1990s, he added. “No question, not raising ...


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