House Republicans, on a mostly party line vote, passed a temporary spending measure that would fund the Pentagon and other federal agencies through Dec. 15. But it contains language killing funds for President Obama’s signature health care law, which even nearly two dozen Senate Republicans oppose.
So the House-passed bill is DOA when the upper chamber takes it up early next week. And Senate Democrats want to keep it that way. On Friday morning, just as the House was voting, Senate Democrats floated a document aimed at pressuring Senate Republicans to stick to their skeptical words and support what Democratic leaders call a “clean CR.” That means one the upper chamber likely will vote on a CR that excludes the Obamacare-killing language.
The Democrats’ document was relatively straight forward. It was built around quotes from 20 Senate Republicans voicing opposition to the House GOP’s approach. At the top was the above image, which speaks for itself. The Senate takes up a temporary CR next week, it then will go back to the House. Lawmakers told me what happens then is anyone’s guess.
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