- House Republicans Split Over CR
- September 18, 2013
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
House Republicans are divided over a Continuing Resolution plan devised by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). Cantor's approach would link a resolution de-funding Obamacare (a hot topic with conservatives and Tea Party types) with a CR to keep the government running through mid-December.
If passed by the House, the Senate would have to vote on the healthcare measure before it could act on the spending bill. The CR, however, could still become law even if Senate Democrats were to vote down the de-funding of Obamacare - as they most certainly would.
House conservatives and Tea Party groups have objected to the Cantor approach, saying that such an approach was abandoning the fight to de-fund President Obama's healthcare law.
Current funding for the federal government is set to run out on September 30. Republican leadership can only afford 16 defections on their plan, which would presumably need to be passed without any Democratic votes. This week, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a member of the whip team, admitted that they lacked the votes necessary to move forward.