WASHINGTON — House Republicans will not simply pass a temporary spending bill from the Democratic Senate after it is shorn clean of a Tea Party plan to “defund Obamacare,” House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.
“I don’t see that happening,” Boehner told reporters. He added that “I have no interest in a government shutdown” and still doesn’t expect one to occur Tuesday, even though the House move appears to raise the risk of one.
At the same time, the Ohio Republican said House GOP leaders would unveil legislation to lift the government’s borrowing cap, but only if the new health care law is delayed for a year. He defended that measure’s relatively modest spending cuts even as some rank-and-file conservatives pressed for more.
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