House GOP Rejects Senate Plan as Shutdown Looms
Boehner still says shutdown unlikely
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 27, 2013 3:06 AM CDT
Updated Sep 27, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after a closed-door strategy session.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Word yesterday was that Republicans might attach the ObamaCare battle to the debt-ceiling debate, averting a government shutdown; today, that's looking less likely. Asked whether the House would accept a bill to fund the government after the Senate removes anti-ObamaCare measures, as it is expected to do, John Boehner replied. "I do not see that happening," the Wall Street Journal reports. With Monday marking the end of the fiscal year, the clock is ticking on the bill; despite this, Boehner still says he's not foreseeing a shutdown.

But GOP Sen. Mike Lee's objection yesterday prevented a vote in the Senate, and even some of his Republican colleagues are getting fed up. "The reason that we're putting this off is because they would like for people around the country that they have notified to be able to watch," says Sen. Bob Corker. Inside the battle:

  • It was some two dozen GOP "hard-liners" who refused to accept the likely Senate version of the bill, the Washington Post reports, with the paper suggesting that we're "stumbl(ing) toward a shutdown." Those lawmakers don't want to address the debt limit until after the dust settles on government funding.
  • Indeed, party divisions are taking a toll on Republicans, Politico suggests. Leaders see their fellow Republicans as flighty, while lower-ranking lawmakers see ineffective leadership. And some just don't have much faith in Boehner, tending to oppose whatever he puts forward.
  • Here's Obama on the issue, per the New York Times: "No Congress before this one has ever, ever, in history been irresponsible enough to threaten default, to threaten an economic shutdown, to suggest America not pay its bills, just to try to blackmail a president into giving them some concessions on issues that have nothing to do with a budget."

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OrneryPup
Sep 27, 2013 11:59 PM CDT
Con Boehner looks more and more like a radical right wing nut zombie as his own gop turn their back on him. Obstructionist Extortionist
Mr.LarryG.
Sep 27, 2013 6:24 PM CDT
so, when you don't get your way, cant win the WH, just cry like babies, then hold up the government to repeal a law you don't like,,,,,,,this is the TeaBaggers, a small caucus in the GOP congress that Boehner cant control,,,,the other RepubicTards are afraid of backlash from the far right loony supporters in the primaries,,,,,its political only,,,,they are canibals, eating their opponents even in their own party if they don't go along with this extortion on the budget procedings,,,,
Buckshot
Sep 27, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
That is a no brainer the GOP has become predictable in it's desperate opposition of everything and anything with the exception of spoon feeding America's corporations and the wealthy The GOP is a party without a clear direction or leadership.