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House To Vote Friday On Bill Tying Govt. Funding To Repeal Effort

News outlets report that the decision by the House GOP leadership to link the two efforts increases the likelihood of a government shutdown.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: House To Vote On Stopgap Funding Bill That Seeks To Derail President’s Health Care Law
The GOP-controlled House is cruising toward a vote to gut President Barack Obama's health care plan as part of a temporary funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown on Oct. 1. While raising the possibility of a government closure, the latest GOP plan is actually aimed at avoiding one. GOP leaders are looking to shift the fight over health care to even more important legislation required to prevent the government from defaulting on its financial obligations (9/19).

The Wall Street Journal: House GOP Ties Government Funding To Health Law
House Republicans said Wednesday that stripping funding from the health-care law championed by President Barack Obama would be their price for keeping federal agencies open after the end of this month, a move that sharply increases the risk of a partial government shutdown in two weeks. GOP leaders said the House would vote Friday on a bill to fund federal agencies for the first 2 1/2 months of the fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, but strip all health-law funding (Hook and Peterson, 9/18).

Los Angeles Times: 'This Is The Line In The Sand,' House Republicans Say
House Republicans united Wednesday around a plan to use the threat of a government shutdown as leverage to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, confident the American people are on their side. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) yielded to his right flank by agreeing to attach the healthcare law repeal to a must-pass bill to keep the government funded past Sept. 30. A vote is expected Friday on a bill that would allow the government to stay open for the next few months (Mascaro, 9/18).

Politico: Shutdown Over Obamacare Won’t Stop Obamacare
The fights over Obamacare could shut down the government next month. But shutting down the government wouldn't necessarily shut down Obamacare. The shutdown date — Oct. 1 — is also the first day people can start signing up in the new health insurance exchanges. Many Republicans, particularly in the House, are determined to do whatever they can to stop it (Cunningham, 9/18).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Avoid Government Shutdown, National Default, GOP House Leaders Say – But Also Defund Obamacare
House Republicans vowed Wednesday to pass legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown and avoid a historic national default while simultaneously canceling out President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, inaugurating a new round of political brinkmanship as critical deadlines approach. Obama swiftly condemned the effort as attempted political extortion, and the Republican-friendly Chamber of Commerce pointedly called on lawmakers to pass urgent spending and borrowing legislation — unencumbered by debate over "Obamacare" (9/18).

Bloomberg: Republicans Seek To Avoid Shutdown By Starving Health Law
The measure is sure to be rejected by the Democratic-led Senate, yet represents an effort by House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor to gain support for a spending bill to keep the government open (Tiron, 9/19).

McClatchy: Showdown: House Will Tie Government Funding To Defunding Obamacare
Next week, the House plans to unveil another measure aimed at delaying the law. The new federal fiscal year begins Oct. 1, and unless Congress and Obama agree on a budget, much of the government will be out of business (Lightman and Clark, 9/18).

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