He expects no shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. But he's also not inclined to deal with a budget passed by the Senate that includes funding for Obamacare.
Asked if he would accept such legislation, Boehner said, "I do not see that happening."
So would he attach something to it, like defunding Obamacare?
Boehner wouldn't say. "I made it clear now for months and months and months, we have no interest in seeing a government shutdown. But we've got to address the spending problem that we have in this town. And so there will be options available to us. There is not going to be any speculation about what we're going to do or not do until the Senate passes their bill," the Ohio Republican said.
He would not get specific. "We're not going to have a discussion about the CR (continuing resolution), to speculate about the CR, until the Senate finishes their bill," he said. That's expected Saturday.
But Boehner stressed he did not see a shutdown coming. "No, I do not expect that to happen," he said.
Unless Congress agrees on a spending plan by Oct. 1, parts of the government could begin shutting down.