Robocalls target 3 Republicans for budget tactics

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running robocalls that accuse three Michigan Republican congressmen of threatening a government shutdown to not fund implementation of the new health care law.

The automated calls that began Tuesday are being made in the districts of Dan Benishek, Kerry Bentivolio and Tim Walberg — who Democrats say are vulnerable in 2014. Michigan Reps. Justin Amash and Bill Huizenga also are among 80 House Republicans who urged Speaker John Boehner to resist spending bills accommodating “Obamacare.”

Because Democrats reject demands to defund the law, a standoff could result in a partial federal government shutdown Oct. 1.

A Benishek spokesman says he doesn’t support shutting down the government. Messages seeking comment were left with Bentivolio and Walberg. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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