The letter behind the shutdown; GOP missive urges defunding of Obamacare

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"Have Your Members of Congress Signed the 'Defund ObamaCare' Letter? Find Out Here!"

So reads an Aug. 14 article posted on the website of FreedomWorks, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit group that "has done more than any other organization to build the Tea Party movement," according to a 2010 New York Times article.

Leading the charge in the U.S. House of Representatives was Tom Graves, a Republican from Ranger, Ga., near Calhoun, who represents northwest Georgia, including Dade, Walker, Catoosa and Whitfield counties.

Graves introduced legislation to defund Obamacare. But support for Graves' bill was "absolutely meaningless," the FreedomWorks website said, unless representatives also signed a letter by first-term North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows that called for defunding Obamacare.