House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks out of a press availability after the Republican Conference meeting in the U.S. Capitol, September 26, 2013. UPI/Molly Riley | License Photo
Republicans in the House of Representatives Saturday announced they would vote on a plan to fund the government through December 15th and delay the Affordable Care Act for one year.
The bill, at odds with the Senate continuing resolution, almost certainly means the government is headed for a shutdown.
The GOP's bill, as announced by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, also includes a provision that ensures members of the military will get paid, even if the shutdown occurs. It also includes a permanent repeal of the Affordable Care Act's medical device tax.
The bill, which will likely pass the Republican-controlled House Saturday afternoon, will also certainly fail in the Senate -- and be vetoed by the president.
House Republican leaders, including Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa., released the following joint statement:
“The American people don’t want a government shut down and they don’t want ObamaCare. That’s why later today, the House will vote on two amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution that will keep the government open and stop as much of the president’s health care law as possible.
“The first amendment delays the president’s health care law by one year. And the second permanently repeals ObamaCare’s medical device tax that is sending jobs overseas.
“Both of these amendments will change the date of the Senate CR to December 15th. We will also vote on a measure that ensures our troops get paid, no matter what.
“We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.”
Unless one side blinks -- and President Barack Obama has indicated he won't budge -- the non-essential government operations will shutter beginning Tuesday, October 1.