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September 18, 2013

House Will Vote to Defund Obamacare

Leadership sources tell Robert Costa the House "will soon vote on a continuing resolution that simultaneously funds the federal government and defunds Obamacare... This means the conservatives who have been urging Boehner to back a defunding effort as part of the CR have won a victory, at least in terms of getting the leadership to go along with their strategy."

"Here's how my sources expect the gambit to unfold: The House passes a 'defund CR,' throws it to the Senate, and waits to see what Senator Ted Cruz and his allies can do. Maybe they can get it through, maybe they can't. Boehner and Cantor will be supportive, and conservative activists will rally."

"But if Cruz and company can't round up the votes, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejects the legislation, the House leadership will likely ask Republicans to turn their focus to the debt limit, avert a shutdown, and pass a revised CR -- a stopgap spending bill that doesn't defund Obamacare."

The Fix: "There are several reasons to believe the plan... will bring House Republicans right back to where they are now -- without a deal in sight -- only with less time on the clock to reach one."


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