House Republicans could move legislation that would defund Obamacare as a part of a government appropriations bill, GOP members confirmed Friday as they headed out of Washington for a five-week congressional recess.
The majority of House Republicans oppose using a government shutdown as leverage to defund the Affordable Care Act. Republicans unanimously support the defunding or derailment of President Obama’s signature health care reforms, but are still in search of a strategy that would garner broad public backing while putting Obama and Senate Democrats on the defensive.
Attaching a defunding provision to some sort of high priority spending bill is one option of many now loosely under consideration. The government would shut Oct. 1 if lawmakers don’t agree on a temporary budget bill, or continuing resolution, that would continue to fund government operations beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.