House GOP leaders are calling for a vote Saturday evening on an offer to fund the federal government, there-by avoiding a shutdown, on the condition that the new federal health law be delayed for one year.
While the rank-and-file Republican lawmakers worked this morning to come up with their audacious plan, Democrats were staunch in their determination to hold firm against any changes in the health law. This leads everyone concerned to believe that compromise is out of the question at this time, especially as the hour grows closer to the midnight Monday deadline.
Under the Republican plan, two votes will have to be taken. The first is the resolution to fund the federal government for the first 10 weeks of the new fiscal year, or through December 15. The second vote will be for an amendment to postpone the new federal health law for one year.
This round-about wrangling is nothing more than a series of conditions set up by a group of conservative Republicans who feel that given an additional year, they will be able to make inroads in putting limits on the health care law.
One additional vote will be on an amendment to the health care law that would eliminate taxes on medical devices imposed by the law. Both these amendments are set to pass the House, setting up an impasse when they get back to the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, (D., Nev.) will be hard pressed to get the Senate back in session if the vote goes through tonight. House GOP members are saying though, that their three-pronged attack will almost certainly force the Senate to make some concessions, regardless of what Reid thinks.