House Passes CR That Defunds Obamacare

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House Republicans passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded which contains the Obamacare defunding demanded by conservatives. The bill was approved 230-189 in a mostly party line vote. Now the bill goes to the Senate where this effort is doomed to fail.

The Senate is likely to spend a few days stripping the Obamacare defunding from the bill and sending a clean CR back to the House. There is no way Senate Democrats or President Obama are going to undermine Obama’s signature achievement in order to stop a government shutdown voters would blame on the GOP.

Hopefully, this will waste enough time and make a sufficiently number of House Republicans feel they have proof the strategy simply can’t work. At that point the looming crisis will be ripe enough┬áso Boehner can say he is forced to move forward with a mostly clean CR, likely with the help of a few votes from Democrats.

This is some of extremely boring yet dangerous political theater.

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