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. The Real Tom Paine

    What is their definition of "minor changes"? This ought to be entertaining.

    October 15, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "GOP Rep.: Shutdown bill 'within an hour or two'"

    GOP Rep.: Shutdown bill 'within an hour or two' and then I'm skipping town because I'm too big of a coward to face the fact that we don't control all of the gov't, just the House, and I really want to deny the reality of the 2012 elections.

    FIFY

    October 15, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. plain and simple

    Clean your own house,then comment on your neighbors! Credit this representative with the guts to call out the anarchy that some people in his "party" adhere to!

    October 15, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Stripping members of Congress, their staff and White House appointees and employees of their Obamacare subsidies. "

    That's nothing but spite that results in those employees being singled out for different and more negative treatment than everyone else in the country. NON-STARTER. NO QUARTER.

    October 15, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Never Vote Republican Again

    Republicans you will never learn. Leave health care out of this and do your jobs.

    October 15, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    "the democrats like this shutdown............it's helping them politically"
    -----
    No, they don't like this shutdown, and no it is not helping anybody politically. It is 100% on the head of Ted Cruz
    and those who would follow anyone down a dark path to destruction, as long as the agenda is to destroy
    President Obama.
    I heard the House had the audacity to sing "Amazing Grace" in the Chamber today. If true, that is the
    height of hypocrisy, considering the un-Christian rally in Washington this week-end. They used the Vets and
    they attempt to use God. The Veterans were not happy about the intrusion, and "somebody up there"
    is not either. Guess who has the last word........................

    October 15, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "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..."

    "....because we can't just do the right thing....we have to get something in exchange for doing the right thing or we'll be primaried by the nutjobs we encouraged, funded and incorporated into our party and caucus and who now pull our strings because of the desperate gerrymandering we did recently in hopes we can counter demographic shifts for a little bit longer."

    October 15, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "What is their definition of "minor changes"?."

    Spitefully punishing people for working for the federal gov't.

    October 15, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Tom

    The Real Tom Paine wrote

    What is their definition of "minor changes"?

    Removing all the vowels and consonants from the bill. The punctuation can stay.

    I predict this will be rejected by Democrats in about an hour or two.

    October 15, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tom

    The Real Tom Paine wrote

    What is their definition of "minor changes"?

    Removing all the vowels and consonants from the bill. The punctuation can stay.

    I predict this will be rejected by Democrats in about an hour or two.
    ************************
    Nice

    October 15, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Namejim

    Did you know that there is a chip implant in obama care plan it is called vera chip it's in his provisions look for your self then tell everyone

    October 15, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Thank you Congress , US Treasury Bills are starting to be dumped .

    Thank you not for trying to destroy America.

    How much will those going short on America gain financially , ask Ted Cruz's wife ?

    October 15, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Ya know, you really have to wonder about the learning potential of the GOTP when you have to keep asking "which part of NO do you not understand".

    October 15, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Ol' Yeller

    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.

    Yeah right... Because the House of Representatives (aka- lower house) has more power and is way more imprtant than the Senate (aka-Upper House). We'll see if the American people see it the same way....

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

    This national dialogue, which was brought about by Ted Cruz and others, has been very beneficial. No more behind closed doors, under the table passing of laws and deals. He forced all of this mess – the government debts and overreaching, the Obamacare unfairness and damaging qualities of it, the never-ending debt limit increases by this president, and the shady dealings of Obama, Reid and Pelosi behind the scenes – all out in the forefront. And this includes some of the republicans who really should retire. Who in this country doesn't want to know what the hell is going on – and how they plan to spend our tax money – and infringe on our freedoms?

    October 15, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Did you know that there is a chip implant in obama care plan it is called vera chip it's in his provisions look for your self then tell everyone"

    Don't worry...you won't even know you're being mind-controlled and it's entirely painless.

    October 15, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. sly

    Two words: Black skin.

    The Republican shutdown position is a complete lie.

    Under Bush, all of these same Republicans voted 100% to increase government spending and increase the deficit.

    Bush took the worlds LARGEST SURPLUS and turned it into the LARGEST DEFICIT in history, with 100% Republican support.

    What a crock of shiet the Republicans have conned ignorant American into.

    There ain't no Republicans who wouldn't increase government spending or increase the deficit. Two words: BLACK SKIN.

    October 15, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. tom l

    Sniffit said:

    I've never said it was their only reason. It's certainly one of them though. I have no problem saying that. It's high on their list too.

    But Sniffit said earlier:

    The House Republicans just don't get it....they are willing to shut down everything for what?"
    For what? There's a black Dem in the WH. Period.
    Next question.

    Seems pretty definitive to me. You even put a "period" at the end of that and dismissed it with "next question". So which one is it?

    October 15, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Siestasis

    Boehner definition of leadership: Do whatever necessary to keep the speakership and screw the country.

    October 15, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. rs

    I heard the House had the audacity to sing "Amazing Grace" in the Chamber today.
    ______________________________
    Yes, quite the fantasy the GOP have: their own flag (the rebel one of the old south), they get drunk to vote, and they think there will be no consequences to a default.

    They have a rude awakening in about 40 hours.

    October 15, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. rs

    Did you know that there is a chip implant in obama care plan it is called vera chip it's in his provisions look for your self then tell everyone
    ________________________________________
    Yes, and Martians get an exemption too!

    October 15, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. JLW

    Sniffit – your comment isn't really true. NO other group that is required to use the exchange (or who voluntarily do so) get any type of subsidies from their employers....as a matter of fact, it is forbidden. While I would honestly feel for the staff (let's face it many of those people aren't earning a whole lot of money...certainly not the amounts that the Congressmen/Senators earn), the CONGRESS voted for the provision that this group of people must buy their insurance on the exchange. Initially, NONE of this group was supposed to get a subsidy....in keeping with compliance with the rules of Obamacare. It was ONLY after some in Congress moaned about having to pay for their insurance in full (most wouldn't qualify based on their salaries) that the OPM (Office of Personnel Management) decided to continue to pay the employer sponsored 75% that the govt would have paid had these group of people stayed within the FEHB (Federal Employee Health Benefit) program.
    There is also the question of the GOVT (granted they are the employer) giving these people subsidies when people like Senators/Congressmen earn at least $174K.....WAY too much to 'normally' qualify for any monetary help.

    While I can honestly see both sides of the story, Dems, in particular, can't speak out of both sides of their mouth. IF they want 'fairness'....then be fair. If they want everyone to be treated the same....then follow the rules...BUT you can't say that rules are good enough for most people but not for them.

    October 15, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. rs

    The Dow is down well more than 100 points GOP. Tick-tock.

    October 15, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican Tea Party madness continues. They keep passing legislation that they know is DOA. What is the end game for them? Do they even know?

    October 15, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Chuck

    The HOUSE doesnt want to be Stuck with Obamacare, i dont blame them

    October 15, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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