Boehner suggests House won’t pass a CR that doesn’t defund Obamacare

John BoehnerHouse Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has decided to push back against the Senate, telling reporters Thursday morning he doesn’t see the House accepting a clean continuing resolution from the Democrat-controlled chamber.

Boehner and members of the House Republican leadership gathered for a press conference Thursday morning to discuss the debt ceiling and looming threat of a government shutdown. When asked by a member of the press if he would accept a clean continuing resolution from the Senate, the Speaker nixed the possibility of simply passing whatever Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) throws their way.

“No, I don’t see that happening,” he said.

Boehner’s comments come in light of a conference call House Republicans held Wednesday evening in which members discussed other options instead of defunding the law entirely, National Journal reported.

“We’re closer to the deadline, so folks start thinking differently as our options narrow,” Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) told National Journal.

Such changes include adding measures to the resolution that repeal the medical device tax and ban subsidies under Obamacare for federal employees and their staffs. A small group of conservatives has looked to delay the healthcare law for a year, just as the employer mandate was.

The House passed a continuing resolution last week that funded the federal government until Dec. 15 but stripped all funding for the Affordable Care Act. The Senate is likely to vote on the measure as the fiscal year draws to a close, flirting with the Sept. 30 deadline.

It is not likely the Senate, with Reid at the helm, will pass the House’s version, but rather send a “clean” continuing resolution — one that leaves funding as it currently sits with appropriations for Obamacare — back to Speaker Boehner.

Reid has said he has the votes needed to pass an amendment to the continuing resolution stripping it of the healthcare provision and effectively restoring funding to the Affordable Care Act. The Senate is expected to vote late this week.

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