A key procedural vote on the House’s eleventh-hour funding proposal passed Monday evening, setting up another round of political hot potato with the Senate in the waning hours before the government runs out of funds.
The House will hold a vote on final passage of the measure — which would fund the government through mid-December but also delay Obamacare’s individual mandate by one year — later Monday night. But Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama have made clear they will reject the proposal; the Senate is all but certain to strip the Obamacare delay and send the funding bill back to the House.
Republicans were not united on the procedural vote, prompting some speculation that it would fail and House Speaker John Boehner would be forced back into negotiations. But ultimately only a handful of Republicans ultimately broke with Boehner to oppose it.
A bloc of moderate Republicans began speaking out against the measure Monday afternoon, noting that the House’s repeated attempts to tie Obamacare changes to the government funding measure had failed in the Senate.
“We’ve already launched two volleys unsuccessfully and now it’s time to go on with the business of governing the country.,” Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., told reporters. “The hourglass is already empty and it’s time that we pass a clean CR.”
And outside conservative groups were split on the newest version of the funding bill. Heritage Action argued that the move to delay the individual mandate does not go far enough, although the group says it will not hold votes of support against Republican members. The anti-tax group Club for Growth urged its members to vote for the new House measure.
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