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September 18, 2013

Details On House Leadership's CR And Debt Ceiling Plan

The short version of the leadership's plans: the House will pass a CR that defunds Obamacare and send it to the Senate to see if Senate GOP can make it stick. The House, anticipating that Senate Dems will strip out Obamacare defunding, will also pass a 1-year debt ceiling increase in exchange for an Obamacare delay until 2015, some tax and budget reforms, and the Keystone pipeline.

The longer version notes that this is essentially a challenge to Senate conservatives to put their money where their mouths are. They've been slamming House GOP members as, among other things, part of "the surrender caucus."

Well, says Speaker Boehner, here's their big chance:

“On every major issue we’ve faced for the past two and a half years, the math has been the same,” Boehner said, according to a source in the room. “House Republicans either find a way together to get to 218, or the Democrats who run the rest of Washington essentially get everything they want.” GOP leadership’s goal is to force conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to hold up any government funding bill that doesn’t defund Obamacare. Senior House Republican aides and lawmakers are sick of Senate conservatives blaming the House for funding the law.

I suspect this won't satisfy Senate conservatives or outside conservative groups like Heritage and Freedom Works. If the Senate Dems can simply strip out the Obamacare defunding portion, the House vote to defund matters about as much as its 40 prior votes to repeal.


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