According to a USA Today report—House Republicans will vote Friday on a stopgap spending measure that defunds President Obama's health care law, setting up a confrontation with Democrats that could force a government shutdown at the end of the month.
"The law is a train wreck," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said following a closed-door meeting Wednesday in which the leadership briefed lawmakers on their plan to approve a spending bill through Dec. 15 that includes legislation to defund the health care law as well as legislation to prioritize debt payments if Congress does not raise the nation's debt ceiling by mid-October.
GOP leaders were forced to include stricter defunding language in the spending bill after conservatives made clear they would not support a bill that did not specifically cut funding for the health care law. "We listened to our colleagues over the course of the last week. We have a plan that they're happy with. We're going forward," Boehner said.
The outcome is likely to be the same: Senate Democrats will reject the language regarding the health care law and return to the House a spending measure without strings attached to keep the government running. Whether or not the House approves the returned measure will determine whether the government will begin shutdown protocols on Oct 1.
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