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No Labels Republicans Voted Against Ending The Shutdown

Thirteen Republicans affiliated with No Labels voted against the deal that reopened the government.

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The political advocacy group No Labels describes itself as "a national movement of hundreds of thousands of Republicans, Democrats and independents promoting a new politics of problem solving."

The group is co-chaired by former Utah governor and ambassador Jon Huntsman and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. A Republican and a Democrat, respectively.

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And during the shutdown, No Labels ran these ads demanding a "ceasefire" and urging people to contact their local representatives.

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After more than two weeks, a deal was struck between Democratic and Republican Senate leaders which reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling. The deal, which was negotiated by Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell keeps the government running through Jan. 15, with the debt limit raised until Feb. 7.

Those 13 members were Republicans Kerry Bentivolio, Diane Black, Jeff Denham, Scott Desjarlais, Sean Duffy, Renee Ellmers, Bill Johnson, Jack Kingston, Mark Meadows, Mick Mulvaney, Scott Perry, Tom Rice, and Tom Rooney.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, a No Labels problems solver, has even been described as the "architect of the brink" and "the man behind the government shutdown."

He wrote the letter above to John Boehner on Aug. 21 urging him to use the fight over the funding of government to defund Obamacare. His letter got 80 signatures from Republican members of Congress.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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