(CNN) – Hours before the midnight deadline, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, remained confident that the federal government would not shut down.
"That's the last thing we need," said the chair of the Republican Women's Policy Committee in an interview on CNN's "New Day." But Republican priorities extend beyond that, added Ellmers.
"I don't want to give the government check book to Barack Obama," Ellmers told CNN's Chris Cuomo, arguing that the president would "be able to pick and choose what he wants to continue to fund."
Ellmers was on CNN's "New Day" along with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The two were cordial if diametric in their approach to the shutdown, both intent to avoid a shutdown while Ellmers wanted to delay Obamacare and Wasserman Schultz advocated for a "clean" government funding bill that would not touch the Affordable Care Act.
Wasserman Schultz put the onus of funding the government on Republican leadership that should pass a funding resolution "without any extraneous, already settled matters," she said.
"Then, as Obamacare is implemented, when there are problems that we know will inevitably arise, nothing goes perfectly smoothly, we need to sit down and work together and hammer out those problems together," Wasserman Schutlz said.
Ellmers argued that the healthcare exchanges of Obamacare are not ready, despite being scheduled to go live midnight Monday, the same deadline Congress has to pass the funding bill. "We know that the American people are not going to get what they were promised," she said.
Ellmers declined to speculate on what might happen when the House of Representatives gets a bill back from the Senate Monday that is sure to have stripped out the one-year delay of Obamacare and the repeal of the bill's medical device tax that the GOP-controlled House passed early Sunday morning.
The funding bill can be passed, Wasserman Schultz said, if the House uses a majority, not of Republicans, but of the entire chamber, relying largely on Democrat votes to pass a "clean" bill that leaves Obamacare alone.
"We could get 218 votes if a bill comes on the House floor today, in a minute," Wasserman Schultz said.