October 15th, 2013
04:28 PM ET
10 months ago

GOP Rep.: Shutdown bill vote tonight

Updated 10/15/2013 at 5:28pm

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, says a House bill funding the federal government and raising the debt limit with minor changes to the national health care law is imminent.

Nunes told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash Tuesday afternoon that a bill will be seen "within an hour or two," with a vote sometime Tuesday night. The measure, Nunes said, will be very similar to the one House Speaker John Boehner unveiled to the House GOP caucus earlier in the day.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel confirmed the timing of the expected vote in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

"The House will vote tonight to reopen the government and avoid default," Steel said.

"After listening to Members at Conference this morning, House Republican Leaders will bring a plan to the floor which will end the ObamaCare subsidies for elected officials and staff in Washington, DC, and pressure Senate Democrats to accept more sensible dates for the CR and the debt limit."

The bill is expected to raise the nation's borrowing authority until February 7 and fully fund the government through December 15. The measure also comes with a small change to the Affordable Care Act that Republicans think will be tenable to Senate Democrats: Stopping the federal government from continuing to subsidize insurance for members of Congress, their staff and White House appointees and employees.

The bill would also directly impact the way the Treasury Department pays the government's obligations, prohibiting any "extraordinary measures" to extend the debt limit, measures like the ones Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has been employing since last spring.

Whether or not the measure will actually pass the House when it's expected to be brought to a vote Tuesday night remains to be seen.

"I don't know that we have the votes or not," Nunes said. There are those in the House GOP caucus who will vote against any bill that does not completely dismantle or defund President Barack Obama's signature legislation, he added.

The vote will show the difference between House Republicans who "came here to actually govern and make law and do something with their voting card," Nunes said, "versus those who just want to vote no."

Nunes was extremely critical of his more fervently anti-Obamacare colleagues in the House, arguing that they're not really conservatives.

"To be a conservative you have to know how to count," he said, arguing that they knew all along that a bill to fund the government while defunding Obamacare would never pass.

Boehner gave the House GOP caucus what they demanded, Nunes said.

"What choice was he given when a majority of our conference wanted to implement it?"

But Nunes was also critical of House Democrats saying "the democrats like this shutdown," adding that it's "helping them politically."

And if Senate Democrats reject the proposal, "Then it really will be [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid's default," on the government's debt obligations, Nunes said.

Nunes said he had reservations about stripping Obamacare subsidies from cabinet appointees, White House staff, members of Congress and those who work for them. But he saw little choice, he said, with the U.S. government projected to exceed its borrowing authority and run out of money to pay all its bills as early as Thursday.

"We're at the 11th hour."

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. bigtalldude

    When are the Democrats going to realize the American voter DOES NOT want this ass in nine health care law-period. Wonder how much kick back they are getting for pushing this process? Yes I am calling the Democrats corrupt and pig headed and not looking out for voters, just looking for how much they will make personally

    October 15, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Irene Adler

    Wait a darn minute...why do "elected officials and staff in Washington, DC" get a subsidy on health insurance when they make money out the wazoo while other Federal employees have to pay for their own health insurance and are still struggling to make ends meet? Damn right end subsidies to the lazy bums!

    October 15, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. T Price

    Namejim, it's spelled "verichip" and it's a good idea. might keep dishonest types from shenanigans.

    October 15, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. smc

    The so-called "subsidies" for employees and staff Republicans talk about would actually equate to a huge immediate pay cut ($10,000/year or more) for some federal workers who already work for low wages other than getting decent federal benefits.

    I could understand taking away these subsidies for elected members of the House and Senate as well as the President and Vice President, but trying to do this to federal employees is a travesty.

    October 15, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. jdw

    FYI – vera chip manufacture and marketing were discontinued in 2010...wanna try again????

    October 15, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Moorbo

    @Sniffit I read that paragraph differently. He is saying that he didn't want to try to strip subsidies (a teaparty demand). I presume that is because it is a likely sticking point in the Senate and we don't need any of those this close to the deadline.

    October 15, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. K lewy

    I am reading on these comments you all have issue with congress, and the president having to be part of the exchange... And you all don't like that? Wow! Truly puzzeling why anyone would defend them having a gold standard healthcare above the american people... Did you ever think once they have to have it, live with it, that they would WANT to make it better? Because bottom line this law stinks for us. Yall have lost your minds.

    October 15, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Bobby

    White House Staff? Does that mean all of the people under the Executive Branch which is basically the entire federal governement?

    October 15, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. roy

    Sick of hearing about our incompetent government action shut the government down forget about it.

    October 15, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Pelosi has said now that this GOP/Teatroll nonsense has ZERO Dem votes. Heritage Foundation and other radical RWNJ groups are also keeping a score card, telling GOP/Teatrolls members of the House NOT to vote for it.

    How's that bed you helped them make for you Boehner? Comfy yet? Reap what you've sown, jackhole...REAP.

    October 15, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. buongiorno

    God Speed we are counting on a good across the table negotiation MIRACLES HAPPEN/ REMEMBER MIRACLE ON 24TH STREET/GREAT MOVIE!

    October 15, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Dani

    Excuse me but "minor changes" does not mean "clean!" Don't do it! Your strategy is moronic, let's call it clean BUT have some changes in there. It doesn't work that way!

    October 15, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Hap

    What they are calling Obama Care Subsidies are the governments share of the health insurance it pays for all of it's employees. The gov pays 65%, the employee pays 35%. So their purpose is simply to deny employer provided heath care to their and other's employees. You know the republican dream, to have high performing, low wage employees who you don't have provide any benefits.

    October 15, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. joe brooks

    I will never,never vote repubican again

    October 15, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "@Sniffit I read that paragraph differently. He is saying that he didn't want to try to strip subsidies (a teaparty demand). I presume that is because it is a likely sticking point in the Senate and we don't need any of those this close to the deadline."

    To be fair, Nunes has been slightly loser to reasonable than the real stridently ideological RWNJs have been, but I give him nothing for it. He's enabled their behavior all along and trying to separate himself from it all now is disingenuous.

    October 15, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. tlc

    When are republicans going to learn Obama ran on ACA and was reelected, So most people apparently DO want it. That tea party is making all of you look more like idiots than before. The average conservative is all right, but these really right wing people are just a bunch of lunatics running amuck.

    October 15, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Jules

    So the GOP wants to fund the government only until right before Christmas. I am 67 years old and have followed politics since I was a teenager and this is the worst bunch of egocentric, self serving GOP members of the House that I have ever seen. Does the speakership mean so much to Boehner that he can't cough up enough guts to put the Senate agreement on the floor for an up or down vote and get this thing ended? He will go down in history as the most incompetent speaker ever.

    October 15, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Once again, a Repub isn't taking responsibility for causing the shutdown and is trying to do nothing about it so he can blame he Democrats.

    This is getting old. Per your rule change (HR 368), tell Eric Cantor put the clean continuing resolution to a vote of the full House. (Yes, that's right, the GOPers changed the rules to guarantee a shutdown and make it so only Cantor can put the CR up for a vote. So muh for democracy!)

    October 15, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Canuck

    It's unbelievable to a non-American that the Republicans will start wars at the drop of a hat but cannot bring themselves to fund healthcare for America's least advantaged citizens. What a sad country you have down there.

    October 15, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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