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White House warns GOP House on shutdown: Obama would veto Obamacare defunding (which has no chance of passing Senate)
WASHINGTON–House Republicans have a stark reality to face: They could vote Friday on a bill to avoid a government shutdown–but since it contains a provision to defund Obamacare, the White House said Thursday President Barack Obama would veto it. Not that it ever has a chance of getting to Obama’s desk–the Democratic Senate supports Obamacare–would be happy to improve it-but is never, ever, going to vote to defund it. All this comes as Obamacare enrollment starts Oct. 1.
The White House said in a statement, the bill the House is considering would make “continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes, because it advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens our economy and the interests of the middle class. The Resolution would defund the Affordable Care Act, denying millions of hard-working middle class families the security of affordable health coverage.
“If the President were presented with H.J. Res. 59, he would veto the bill.
“The Administration is willing to support a short-term continuing resolution to allow critical Government functions to operate without interruption and looks forward to working with the Congress on appropriations legislation for the remainder of the fiscal year that preserves critical national priorities, protects national security, and makes investments to spur economic growth and job creation for years to come.”