Lawmakers continue to struggle to reach an agreement that would keep the government open past September 30. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be setting up a test vote on a House-passed bill this week that would fund the government past September 30 if lawmakers agree to defund ObamaCare.
While lawmakers all seem to agree that the government should not be permitted to shut down, Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on the "defund ObamaCare" provision. Reid and his colleagues seek to remove the provision from the bill, a maneuver that Republicans obviously do not support. Therefore, Fox News reports, “Tea Party-aligned senators like Ted Cruz have rallied around an only-in-Washington kind of approach — in order to defend the House bill which they supported, they will try to block Reid from calling it up.”
The result if Republicans are successful in blocking the bill would be neither chamber voting on anything that could keep the government in business after September 30.
Of course, this is just one result of Congress not passing a real budget since 2009. Every few months, the federal government experiences this sort of melodrama when it is time to vote on these short-term spending resolutions.
Both parties are beginning to fear the consequences of a government shutdown.
Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said on Monday that he believes his party may need to relax its demands. Rather than pursuing a provision that would completely defund ObamaCare, Toomey suggests that Republicans instead aim to repeal “some of the really egregious things” found within the healthcare law. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to completely defund ObamaCare as long as President Obama’s in the White House,” Toomey said.
Toomey asserts that Republicans should target items in the law such as the medical device tax, and should continue to push for a delay in the individual mandate. Toomey’s latest assertions are illustrative of the divide in the Republican Party on this issue. Fox News reports:
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