Washington, DC, United States (4E) – House Republican leaders postponed voting on a new government spending bill on Thursday to get 217 House GOP members’ vote for a plan that will force the Senate to vote on defunding ObamaCare.
The move was made amid opposition by conservative Republicans, who wanted GOP leaders to instead include language defunding ObamaCare in the resolution funding the government.
A GOP resolution filed Tuesday provides for a $986 billion annual funding that still includes automatic spending cuts known as sequester. Under House rule, a 217 vote to the resolution that allows government to operate until Dec. 31 will force the Senate to vote on a separate measure to defund ObamaCare before the Senate could vote on the clean continuing resolution bill.
Conservative Republicans are not agreeable to the plan while rank-and-file colleagues fear that including the ObamaCare defunding in the CR bill might lead to a government shutdown that Americans will blame on the GOP.
A new funding bill has to be passed before Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year, to avert a government shutdown. The current spending bill expires on Sept. 30.
Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) said making a government shutdown type confrontation is not the best strategy to take.
“Our best strategy is to exchange away or swap away sequestration, let the administration have the dollars back from sequestration, in exchange for a full one-year delay of Obamacare,” he said, according to Hill.