House Republicans plan to defund Obamacare: Boehner
Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that House Republicans will pass a budget bill this week that withholds funding for Obamacare, setting up a showdown that could push the government toward a partial shutdown at the end of the month.
A short time later, President Barack Obama told a gathering of CEOs that Washington is stuck in a stalemate over budgets, debt and health care costs, leaving government unable to function properly.
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The GOP effort stands little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Funding to operate the federal government runs out at the end of September.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said the House will also push to delay the health care law for a year as part of a plan to extend the government's ability to borrow. He said debt ceiling talks will include a path forward on tax reform and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Boehner said the coming debate over raising the $16.7 trillion U.S. borrowing cap would be "no different" than the party's effort in 2011 to link a debt limit hike to federal spending cuts.
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—By The Associated Press with Reuters.