"R strategy is to force budget and/or debt-limit brinkmanship in early 2015. D's let them off the hook by passing budget."
"Help the Congress but expose Senate Dems to countless problematic and politically contrived votes. [Overall,] hurt Dems."
Q: Would it help or hurt your party if Congress passed its annual appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year in September?
REPUBLICANS (77 VOTES)
"Republicans are for regular order. Democrats are scared."
"It would show Republicans are making Congress work in an otherwise dysfunctional environment. Democrats never got the budget done on time when they were in the majority."
"No one pays attention, but it will take one issue off the table for Obama to hit the Do-Nothing GOP."
"Get it out of the way. No need to let GOPers in House to mess up a good year by getting into a shutdown or sequestration debate in October."
"It might actually suggest to some people that the Republican Party can actually solve problems and move forward."
"Helps take away the 'obstructionist' label."
"Spending is the one area that Republicans across the spectrum agree on. This shows that we can lead."
"Why compromise on spending heading into an ideological election?"
"Our base wants Congress to spend less."
"Would make us own big government more."
"The higher spending levels needed to achieve passage would hurt. [Continuing resolution is] much safer route."
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