Why did Republicans set up a government shutdown threat in Feb 2015?

  • Don't like Obama's attempt to shield 5m unauthorised immigrants from deportation.
  • So they set up funding legislation that would scuttle the immigration plans, but by-product was it would result in partial government shutdown (including Department of Homeland Security).
  • Cocktail of bad PR and policy splits within party saw withdrawal of threat at 11th hr.

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