House Republicans Sing ‘Amazing Grace’ Before Derailing Senate Deal to End Shutdown

| by Michael Allen

Conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives reportedly sang “Amazing Grace” before rejecting a deal from the Senate to end the federal government shutdown.

"Amazing Grace" is a hymn written by British poet John Newton in 1779 about his personal conversion to Christianity, but does not mention politics or money.

Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) led conservative Republicans in singing the hymn, notes The Washington Post.

According to The New York Times, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) claimed the House Republicans sang the religious song to show they were unified against the Senate bill and behind a new House bill that would make changes to Obamacare and only fund the U.S. government until Dec. 15, when the entire drama would start all over again.

But not all Republicans were impressed by the House Republicans and their attempt to derail the Senate compromise between Republicans and Democrats.

“It’s very, very serious,” said Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). “Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable.”

“If our party can’t pass this, then there’s no doubt we’re going to end up with what the Senate sends us,” added Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). “Look, if my colleagues can’t muster together and sometimes accept good because they’re waiting for perfect, then that’s on them.”

Sources: The New York Times and The Washington Post