Boehner to push for short-term government funding extension
August 22nd, 2013
10:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner to push for short-term government funding extension

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner told a conference call of GOP members Thursday he would push for a short-term spending bill to avoid the potential of a government shutdown, a GOP aide told CNN. But he said that measure, known as a continuing resolution, will include the forced spending cuts, known as the sequester, which could force a budget showdown with the White House.

"When we return, our intent is to move quickly on a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the government running and maintains current sequester spending levels. Our message will remain clear: until the president agrees to better cuts and reforms that help grow the economy and put us on a path to a balanced budget, his sequester – the sequester he himself proposed, insisted on, and signed into law – stays in place," Boehner said, according to someone on the call.

Boehner did not indicate whether he would support linking any short-term spending measure to defunding Obamacare which is formally known as the Affordable Care Act, said two GOP aides, who would not speak on the record because the conference call was private. One of the aides said no final decision has been made regarding the health care reform law and a short-term government funding extension.

Separately under consideration is whether tying any rise in the nation's $16.7 trillion federal debt limit to some changes in Obamacare. Some action will need to be taken when that ceiling is met sometime in October or November, or the nation will default on some of its financial commitments. House leadership aides told CNN no decision has been made about how to proceed regarding it.

"Obamacare is one of many things we can pursue on debt limit, potentially the individual mandate delay and codifying the business delay and perhaps other aspects. This is in all discussion phase right now," one leadership aide told CNN.

Another leadership aide said: "Obamacare is one of a number of options we're looking at for a debt ceiling increase, but no decisions have been made."

President Obama has said in the past he will not negotiate conditions regarding raising the debt ceiling, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew pressed for action during a speech Thursday in San Francisco.

"Failing to raise the debt limit would not make these bills go away. It would, though, have disastrous effects for our nation," he said in prepared remarks. "We cannot afford for Congress to wait until some unknowable last minute to resolve this matter on the eve of a deadline. We cannot afford another unnecessary self-inflicted wound."

Boehner did say on the call that House Republicans do see some openings on the general issue of Obamacare especially as the administration has delayed by a year the requirement for employers to offer health care for their employees.

"We will also continue to implement the plan to stop Obamacare that I outlined last month. The delays the administration has been forced to implement in the health care law have given us a golden opportunity to talk about fairness: If big business gets relief from the president's health care law, families and small businesses should, too. This message strikes a chord with Americans. When people hear it, it resonates," the speaker said, according to the person on the call.

Some conservatives in both the House and Senate have said any short-term spending measure must not fund the health care law. Other Republicans have criticized that idea as one that would be harmful to their party because they would be blamed if there was a government shutdown. The federal government is expected to run out of money on September 30 requiring Congress to act to fund its operations.

The conference call was meant as a way for the House Republican leadership to check in with their members during the recess, similar to others used during previous breaks.

Conservative leader Brent Bozell, chairman of the group ForAmerica, issued a statement Thursday night strongly urging House Republicans to stand firm.

"Republicans in Congress promised to do everything possible to stop Obamacare and if they chicken out on this one last chance to block it, millions of conservatives will remember how they were betrayed by politicians who said one thing at home but did the opposite in Washington," Bozell said. "If we are going stop Obamacare it must be done now and the only option left is to pass a Continuing Resolution that funds everything but Obamacare."

At a news conference earlier this month the president said "The idea that you would shut down the government unless you prevent 30 million people from getting health care is a bad idea."

Thursday Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, and 79 other House Republicans sent a letter to Boehner and Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor to push them to continue efforts to make sure Obamacare is not funded.

"We want House leadership to know they have a large group of Members ready to stand with them to stop the president's destructive and unaffordable health care law," they wrote in the letter.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    "If we are going stop Obamacare it must be done now and the only option left is to pass a Continuing Resolution that funds everything but Obamacare."
    -–
    Try it and you'll never try anything else. The American people (at least most of us), don't like blackmail in any form, especially when you're being paid by us, (the U.S. taxpayers) to advance this gansta behavior. We are fed up with your lies, your obstruction and your temper tantrums everytime "this" president tries to do anything to help middle-class and poor people. There are millions of Americans benefiting from the ACA (despite republican lies) and if John and his lazy, overpaid government teaters don't get to work and try to solve some of these problems, they're going to find out what life is really like when you actually have to work. So, get to work WITH the president and stop this nonsense of threatening and shutting down our government because we will hold you accountable accordingly.

    August 22, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. GlenwoodLee

    I see someone has switched from bourbon to tea on his summer vacation!

    August 22, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Go ahead GOP and commit political sucide, the dems can't wait!!!

    August 22, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. rs

    So what is this? GOP's version of "good cop/bad cop"? Boehner tries making sense for the first time in a couple of months, while Coburn talks impeachment?
    1. The GOP never had a problem with the spending limits of the U.S. under Reagan, or Bush Senior or Junior- totaling I believe 38 total raises in the spending caps.
    2. If the House under its' "leadership" would actually create a budget, we wouldn't go through this made-up theater every 3-4 months (hint: not the Ryan "budget"- the one with no details)
    3. Impeachment? Really? First it was another government shut down, then it was defund the ACA, now impeachment?

    When it comes to irrational behavior and delusional thinking, the GOP is certainly plowing new and fertile ground!

    August 22, 2013 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    The GOP domestic terrorists want to continue to hold the country hostage. The GOP needs to be treated like the terrorists they are, time's up.

    August 23, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  6. Zerubbabel

    By His stripes we are healed. Maybe these right wing/bible thumpers might like to reevaluate their position. I cannot recall Jesus or His Apostles ever charging/denying anyone of healthcare. They had the first single payer health plan. But yet they want to carry His name on the banner that identifies them. If you did not do it for the least, you did not do it for Me.

    August 23, 2013 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  7. Nothing At All

    In the main big business is already providing health insurance for its employees. Does Boehner live under a rock? Sorry a wine bottle?

    August 23, 2013 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  8. basedonfact

    Translation: Boehner schedules the next crisis instead of passing the budget

    August 23, 2013 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  9. Phillip

    "his sequester – the sequester he himself proposed, insisted on, and signed into law – stays in place," Boehner said, according to someone on the call." .... I love how Republicans want to twist the truth here. Yes, the President signed this, but it was a bipartisan decision to hold the super committee, and all perties understood the impact if they didn't reach agreement, and Republican intransigence, caused the sequester to go into effect ... they just don't want to accept the blame for causing these problems in the first place, and are trying to spin it to blame the President and the Democrats, and the lemming conservatives will eat it up, since it allows them to ignore their own culpability .....

    August 23, 2013 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  10. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    What's new?They are caving again. If they could control their loose cannons Rapheal Cruz,Rant Paul and Coburn to name just a few,they wouldn't have to cave in all of the time. That's why their sheep are so desperate.

    August 23, 2013 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Good luck weeper. You allowed your party to be taken over by right extreme radicals and it's too late to try to close the door to keep them out.
    By also allowing limburger, insanity and faux news to run your party you have shown you are NOT a leader. You are not even a good follower.

    August 23, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  12. Treynor

    After five weeks of undeserved vacation (and tanning time) the best he can come up with is more of the same economy destroying rhetoric?

    August 23, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  13. James Fugedy

    Our message will remain clear: until the president agrees to better cuts and reforms that help grow the economy and put us on a path to a balanced budget, his sequester – the sequester he himself proposed, insisted on, and signed into law – stays in place," Boehner said, according to someone on the call.

    No mention that the republican-controlled congress voted for the sequester.

    What has the congress done for jobs, jobs, jobs?

    August 23, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |