Tomorrow, the House will vote to defund Obamacare, while passing a continuing resolution to keep the government running. John Boehner , Speaker of the House is predicting a huge victory. And it may well be, but the bill is expected to die in the Senate. That leaves a clean continuing resolution bill for the Senate's consideration. Without passage of the CR, the government runs out of money on Oct 1st. The CR would keep the government funded through December 31,2013.
“We’ll pass a plan to protect the American people from the president’s health care law, while keeping the rest of government up and running. When it comes to the health care law, the debate in the House has been settled. I think our position is very clear: The law is a train wreck, and it’s going to raise costs, it’s destroying American jobs — and it must go.”
The democrats have been positioning themselves for weeks to shut down the government and to blame it on the republicans, even though both Obama and his spokesperson, Jay Carney, have said the president refuses to negotiate with republicans on the budget or debt ceiling.
John Boehner has created a video mocking Obama for negotiating with the Russians but not Republicans.
Ted Cruz, R-TX, Mike Lee, R-UT, and Marco Rubio, R-FL, have been fighting for a CR that funds the government but defunds Obamacare. Up until yesterday, that looked impossible. But pressure from the conservative wing of the republican party, caused Boehner to reverse course, even though they did separate the bills.
Conservative groups have reluctantly backed the House approach. They feel the House is kicking spending cuts down the road to December, but they agree that defunding Obamacare is the priority.
“Despite our strong concern that House leaders are punting on the task of cutting spending to December, we believe defunding ObamaCare is the paramount issue for conservatives to support right now,” Club for Growth lobbyist Andy Roth With enrollment starting on October 1 for the state exchanges, Congress must act quickly to bar funds for this disastrous law,” said Club for Growth lobbyist Andy Roth.
Nancy Pelosi told reporters later in the day that, “Tomorrow, the Republicans will hold their tea party continuing resolution. That tea party resolution is to shut down government.”
That could be a tough sell by democrats to the voters if they vote down the continuing resolution.