The House of Representatives plans to vote this week on keeping the government funded after the start of the next fiscal year October 1--and defunding the 2010 health care law.
After a meeting of House Republicans, who have a 233 to 200 majority, Speaker John Boehner todl reporters, We're going to continue do everything we can to repeal the president's failed health-care law. This week the House will pass a CR that locks the sequester savings in and defunds Obamacare."
The CR is a continuing resolution, a device that allows the government to continue running based on previous spending levels. The Boehner plan would keep the government running until Dec. 15 and extend the country's ability to borrow.
The effort is likely to pass the House but face huge problems in the Senate, where Democrats control 54 of the 100 seats.
If the two chambers cannot agree, and no funding legislation is passed by Sept. 30, most government services could shut down.
Boehner insisted he does not want a shutdown. "That's not the goal here," he said.
But he also said the battle should now shift to the Senate--despite some misgivings among many Republicans, they agreed on a strategy to force a showdown.
Senate leaders have said they'll wait and see what the House sends them before taking any action.