WASHINGTON (CNN) - A government shutdown looked increasingly likely on Saturday as Republican leaders said the House would vote on two potentially deal-killing amendments to the stopgap spending bill the Senate passed Friday.
"The American people don't want a government shutdown and they don't want Obamacare," House Republican leaders said in statement.
In a joint statement by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-California, and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, the top Republican lawmakers in the lower chamber confirmed that there will be a vote later in the day on delaying the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law for a year and repealing a tax on medical devices.
"We will do our job and send this bill over," the statement said, "and then it's up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has already said that both provisions would be dead on arrival in the Senate and White House press secretary Jay Carney has held firm that his boss would not sign such a bill were it to somehow make its way to the president's desk.
Despite the bill's dim prospects in the Senate, a source inside the House Republican caucus meeting said members responded to the leadership's announcement with cheers. McCarthy quickly channeled the group's enthusiasm, telling members, "This will be the fastest whip check ever." The House Republican whip then asked those in favor of the leadership's plans to raise their hand. According to a Republican aide, all those in the room did.
The widespread presumption anything out of the House with amendments would meet certain defeat in the Senate enraged one Republican. Asked by a reporter if his caucus would pursue a "clean" stopgap spending measure "when this fails," Rep. Darrell Issa of California delivered a verbal tongue-lashing to the offending scribe.
"How dare you presume a failure? How dare you," Issa said, raising his voice, before repeating each line once more.