WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one-third of House Republicans are urging their leader to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund "Obamacare."
Eighty Republicans on Thursday asked Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) to resist any spending bills that would help implement the new health care law.
It's virtually certain that President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats would reject such demands. A partial government shutdown probably would result.
With 80 of the House's 233 Republicans signing the letter, a solid majority has refrained from trying to limit Boehner's options. That presumably would allow him to push a bipartisan bill that funds the health law and is supported by a "majority of the majority" of his fellow Republicans. That's a Boehner priority.
But Boehner would need more than 60 Democratic votes to pass such a bill.