How bad did GOP wanted to shutdown the government?

By amending parliamentarian rules just before the shutdown so only the Republican House Leader (Eric Cantor) could bring the CR to the floor for a vote to Re-Open the Government immediately.

"Late in the evening on September 30, 2013, the House Rules Committee Republicans
changed the Rules of the House so that the ONLY Member allowed to call up the Senate's
clean CR for a vote was Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee -- all but guaranteeing
the government would shut down a few hours later and would stay shut down. Previously,
any Member would have had the right to bring the CR up for a vote. Democracy has been
suspended in the House of Representatives." - Chris Van Hollen

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How House Republicans guaranteed a shutdown: by changing the rules

Here's proof positive that Republicans own this shutdown. How badly did House
Republican leadership wanted to shut down the government? Here's how much. They used
an unprecedented parliamentary procedure to block any chance that the clean continuing
resolution sent to them by the Senate would reach the floor. They did so by Under normal procedure, here's how it would have worked
the day it all fell down, September 30. The Senate sent over their clean CR. The House
amended it with their anti-Obamacare stuff. The Senate rejected that change, and sent their
resolution back. At that point, under normal procedure, any member would have been able
to make a motion to bring the Senate bill to the floor. The rule that says they can do it is this:

When the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or resolution with House or
Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any amendment shall be privileged.

That means the chambers are deadlocked and any member trying to break the deadlock
would be able to do so—would have privilege to do so.

Except that in this case, for this continuing resolution only, Republicans changed the rule.
They did it on the night of September 30, the eve of the shutdown, in a Rules Committee
meeting. The rule change said that any motion to take up the Senate bill "may be offered
only by the majority Leader or his designee." Meaning only Eric Cantor or with his approval.
Which wasn't going to happen.

"I've never seen this rule used. I'm not even sure they were certain we would have found it,"
a House Democratic aide told TPM. "This was an overabundance of caution on their part.
'We've got to find every single crack in the dam that water can get through and plug it.'"

Congressional historians agreed that it was highly unusual for the House to reserve such
power solely for the leadership.

"I've never heard of anything like that before," Norm Ornstein, resident scholar at the American
Enterprise Institute, told TPM.

There was no way in hell John Boehner and Eric Cantor were going to allow a clean funding
bill to reach the floor the night before the shutdown. Because they knew that there were
plenty of Republicans who would vote for it and it would pass.

House Democrats knew this was happening from the beginning, but unlike the Senate, the
minority party in the House has very little power to do anything about abuses like this.
They've been doing what they can do, trying to pass a motion to recommit every mini-funding
bill the leadership brings up, to replace them with the Senate's clean resolution. But the
procedure is arcane and complex and it's easy for the so-called moderate Republicans to
pretend like those efforts don't exist, and to not do what they say they want—reopen
government with a clean spending bill. That makes those "moderate" Republicans as
complicit in this as their leadership. The entire Republican Party owns this shutdown,