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Monday, October 24, 2016

Not satisfied with the Senate’s impending proposal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, House Republicans are preparing to put forth their own plan on Tuesday.

Like the Senate deal, multiple reports indicate that the House proposal would fund the government at sequester levels through January 15, raise the debt ceiling by enough to last through February 7, and reintroduce income-verification measures for the recipients of Affordable Care Act subsidies.

Additionally, the House would require all members of Congress and the cabinet to sign up for the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges (with no employer contribution), delay the implementation of the medical device tax for two years, and end the Treasury’s ability to take “extraordinary measures” to avoid default in the future. These proposals would seemingly violate President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) vow not to give away policy concessions in exchange for reopening the government and paying its bills, and seemingly makes the plan dead on arrival in the Senate.

The plan may not even be able to pass the House; according to The Washington Examiner’s David Drucker, Speaker Boehner plans to bring the bill to the floor without a whip check. This suggests that Boehner has serious doubts about the plan’s viability within his own caucus — likely because right-wing Republicans will demand more concessions — and may be planning to rely on Democratic votes to pass it (in violation of the so-called “Hastert Rule”).

If the House leadership’s plan cannot make its way through Congress, there are serious questions about whether the government can avoid breaching the debt limit on Thursday. Adding to the concerns: The House is reportedly considering leaving Washington, D.C. after passing its bill, in an effort to pressure the Senate into passing its proposal.

Update: Shortly after 11 am EST, Republican House leadership declined to outline their plan during a brief press conference on Capitol Hill.

“There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do,” Speaker Boehner said.

“We’re talking with our members on both sides of the aisle to try and move forward today,” he added.

If the House does go ahead with its reported plan, it should expect to run into opposition from Democrats. In a statement released minutes before Boehner took the podium, the White House dismissed the proposal as just another ransom demand.

“The president has said repeatedly that members of Congress don’t get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills,” said White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage. “Unfortunately, the latest proposal from House Republicans does just that in a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans who forced the government shutdown in the first place. Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have been working in a bipartisan, good-faith effort to end the manufactured crises that have already harmed American families and business owners. With only a couple of days remaining until the United States exhausts its borrowing authority, it’s time for the House to do the same.”

AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan

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  • TZToronto

    No surprise. House members who vote against a clean bill should be considered to be attempting to overthrow the government–which is what they’re trying to do.

  • docb

    It was just pulled ..,they, repub baggers, do not even have the votes to pass their own piece of excrement!

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      That’s because Cryin’ John is afraid to present any bill that cannot pass on Republican votes alone. That is why the Rules Committee (dominated by guess which party) voted at 10:30PM on a Saturday Night to not allow floor motions (previously allowed) that are not presented by the Speaker – to keep Democrats from offering a “clean” bill that would have passed with bipartisan support. Of course, what goes around comes around, so when the Democrats gain control of the House again, and they keep this rule in effect, well…

      • sigrid28

        Of all the behavior so far, this move by Republicans in the House makes me think the president wou

  • Lynda Groom

    Wow, after two weeks of total nonsense the House is offering to join ObamaCare without subsidies, but only for the members. Yeah that will sure save the system and lower costs to the taxpayers. This would be a very amusing story if not a window into the warpped minds of these fools. Of course holding off the tax on medical devices is just another gift to a special interest. Besides the $3 billion per year is peanuts as well.

  • docb

    These lying little slimey white guys just caused FITCH to put the US Credit rating on NEGATIVE WATCH….Throwing their aides under the bus..when the aides are the only ones doing the work is just brilliant! Dumb asshats!