Leah Barkoukis

A government shutdown on Tuesday is now looking increasingly likely, as House Republicans plan to attach two amendments to a stopgap spending bill on Saturday that would delay Obamacare by one year and permanently repeal its medical device tax.

“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,” Boehner said in a joint statement on Saturday. “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.”

"When people understand what the House of Representatives is doing, in that we are willing to fund 99 percent of the federal government that all parties agree of funding, then the American people are going to see that we're not the obstructionists - the Senate is," said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.). "If they continue to hold that 99 percent that we're in agreement on in order to try to coerce the House of Representatives into spending money we don't have on a socialized medicine people don't want."

... The Senate approved a short-term continuing resolution on Friday and has left Washington for the weekend. Because of Senate rules, all senators would have to consent to expedited votes before the Monday deadline to avert a shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would not accept any attempts by House GOP to delay or defund Obamacare as part of a funding bill.


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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