House Republicans emerged from behind closed doors Saturday with a new, temporary spending bill that calls for a one-year delay in ObamaCare and a repeal of the law’s medical-device tax.
The plan appears almost assured of being rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate and forcing a temporary government shutdown Monday night. But leaders of the Republican-led House struck a defiant tone upon emerging from the one-hour meeting.
“ObamaCare is not ready, and the delay is essential,” California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs, said before lashing out at a reporter. “How dare you assume this will be a failure. … How dare you.”
House leaders said the proposal will fund the federal government — except for ObamaCare — through December 15. It now goes before the chamber’s rules committee, and a full floor vote is expected by Saturday evening.
The House plan will also have a separate bill that funds the military in the event of a shutdown.
The medical device tax is one of the Obama administration’s primary revenue sources for ObamaCare.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the vote “pointless.”
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