UPDATE 11:06 p.m. ET: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is refusing to send the budget situation to a conference committee until “we get a clean” bill.
“We like to resolve issues, but we will not go to conference with a gun to our heads,” Reid said late Monday, about an hour before a partial government shutdown.
President Barack Obama also signed a bill Monday night that ensures members of the U.S. military and U.S. Coast Guard will be paid during a government shutdown.
UPDATE: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a new Obamacare compromise with a 228-201 vote on Monday night. However, the Senate quickly convened to reject the revised continuing resolution, increasing the likelihood of a partial government shutdown. Senators voted along party lines, 54-46, and sent the CR back to the House.
The new bill would have delayed the health law’s “individual mandate by a year, and also prohibit members of Congress, their staffers and other officials from receiving additional government subsidies for their health care,” FoxNews.com reports.
A dozen House Republicans reportedly voted against the revised continuing resolution, but nine Democrats supported the bill.
Here are the 12 House Republicans who voted with Democrats against the continuing resolution with a one-year delay on the individual mandate:
Reps. Tom Massie (Ky.), Peter King (N.Y.), Steve King (Iowa), Mike Rogers (Ala.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Phil Gingrey (Ga.), Joe Barton (Texas), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Kay Granger (Texas), Charlie Dent (Pa.), Rick Crawford (Ark.) and Michele Bachmann (Minn.).
All but Dent and Peter King come from the conservative wing of the party.
And here are the nine Democrats who supported it:
Reps. Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Dan Maffei (N.Y.), Sean Maloney (N.Y.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Steven Horsford (Nev.), Ron Barber (Ariz.), John Barrow (Ga.), Raul Ruiz (Calif.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.).
Senate Democrats made it clear they would not consider any proposal that affects Obamacare, and followed through on that stance by shutting down the House-passed bill on Monday night.
That left the next move up to Speaker John Boehner and his House Republican rank and file, with just hours remaining before the shutdown deadline of midnight EDT.
As lawmakers squabbled, President Barack Obama spoke bluntly about House Republicans. “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway, or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like,” he said. Speaking of the health care law that undergoes a major expansion on Tuesday, he said emphatically, “That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down.”
House Speaker John Boehner responded a few hours later on the House floor. “The American people don’t want a shutdown and neither do I,” he said. Yet, he added, the new health care law “is having a devastating impact. … Something has to be done.”
Sen. Ted Cruz offered House Republicans a simple piece of advice Monday night: “#DontBlink,” he wrote on Twitter.
Original story below. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The House of Representatives voted in favor of a procedural hurdle to consider the latest effort by GOP leadership to fund the federal government completely, but delay Obamacare’s individual mandate. Just six Republicans voted against the rule — and some of the names may surprise you.
Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Steve King (R-Iowa), and Peter King (R-N.Y.) all voted “no,” according to the Washington Post.
“Dent and Peter King come from the more moderate wing of the party, while the others are outspoken conservatives,” the report observes.
Earlier on Monday, there was some debate over whether so-called moderate Republicans would derail the effort. However, with the GOP voting in favor 186-6, it was a pretty united effort.
So why did proven conservatives like Bachmann and Gohmert vote no?
Bachmann says she voted against the measure because the revised continuing resolution doesn’t go far enough in the effort to “kill Obamacare,” Fox News’ Chad Pergram reports.
“For what I have done with my life as a federal tax lawyer, I wouldn’t negotiate with myself, because then I wouldn’t have a strong position,” Bachmann told reporters.
Gohmert also reportedly made a similar case for voting against the rule that would advance the bill.
“It still continues to fund Obamacare … I want to get rid of the subsidy if America doesn’t have it, but at the same time I don’t want to vote to fund Obamacare,” he said, according to BuzzFeed.
Click here for the full breakdown of the vote.
The House was expected to pass the bill to delay individual mandate and fund the government on Monday night. Senate Democrats have indicated that they will table the House proposal later Monday night.
The bottom line: According to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and another Democrat aid, the Senate will refuse to even consider any amendments proposed by the House. Compromise, at this point, appears unlikely.