Washington, DC, United States (4E) – House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Wednesday that the chamber will vote Friday on a resolution to continue funding the government, except for President Obama’s health care law.
“We’re going to put ObamaCare defunding directly into the CR. And then we’re going to send it over to the Senate, so our conservative allies over there can continue the fight,” The Hill quoted Boehner as saying in a press conference after a closed-door meeting with GOP colleagues.
Boehner said they are ready for the showdown with Democrats and the White House to protect American families from Obamacare, which the American public is said to reject based on a Fox News opinion survey.
The CR or continuing resolution provides government funding through Dec. 15 at the current $986 billion spending rate, instead of $967 billion level under the 2011 Budget Control Act. It is expected to be rejected in the Democrat-dominated Senate.
Republicans are also aware that the Senate may send back to the House the CR measure without the Obamacare defunding and with higher spending levels. If that happens, Boehner said he does not know how the House will react but stressed that the GOP is against a government shutdown.
Conservative Republicans have been pushing for a CR that defunds the Affordable Care Act instead of having two separate measures on the matter. Last week, they endorsed only a CR bill. After the agreement on Wednesday, House Republicans sent the amendment to the CR to the Rules Committee.