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Most House Republicans reject the plan.

"As Speaker of the House, you have pursued an unsustainable fiscal path," a coalition of conservative Republicans announce in a joint, open letter to you. They publicly claim they will settle for no less than $61 billion in cuts, with NPR and Planned Parenthood defunded. There is talk of doing away with the Department of Education and potentially NASA.

They seem Hell-bent on shutting the government down in three weeks.

The White House and moderate Democrats are open to the plan, but they enjoy seeing you squirm under the limelight. News outlets quote an unnamed White House aide as saying, privately, that "Boehner is so done."

Do you:

  • Tell the White House you will take the $33 billion deal, and try to convince House Republicans to vote for it (Go to Page 10)
  • Call a press conference and announce to the nation that everyone needs to calm down. Your plan is good. This is the way forward. (Go to Page 14)
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