Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said the House is "not going to be left holding the hot potato" by the midnight deadline to avert a government shutdown, a senior House Republican member told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
Boehner's comments came at a Republican meeting earlier Monday, the source said.
After the Senate tabled a House bill Monday that would have delayed Obamacare for a year, the House revised the legislation so that it postpones only the law's individual mandate. The House also attached a measure that would eliminate health care subsidies to members of Congress.
The bill is expected to pass and be sent to the Senate, which could again table the legislation and throw the ball back into the House's court.
The senior House Republican said "a Republican can't vote against this and survive a primary." All states are different, the source added, but GOP primary electorates are all conservative.
"It's perceived as giving yourself a special privilege that other Americans don't have," the GOP member continued.
The sourced admitted there's "no question this is a risky thing we are doing," but added that this has helped Boehner internally, and the caucus now feels (with the vote on healthcare subsidies for members) "we have some strong ground to stand on."
Boehner is out on a limb, the Republican said, but added "the conference is rallying. We know we have to defend the quarterback" because they were calling the plays.