President Obama today said he would shut down the government if he did not get his way in the Obamacare debate saying he would veto a bill which would fund every element of the federal government except for Obamacare
“The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.J. Res. 59, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014 and for other purposes, because it advances a narrow ideological agenda that threatens our economy and the interests of the middle class,” the Office of Management and Budget said in the statement.
“The Resolution would defund the Affordable Care Act, denying millions of hard-working middle class families the security of affordable health coverage.
“If the President were presented with H.J. Res. 59, he would veto the bill.”
The statement does not give any political wiggle room. Usually veto threats senior advisers recommend a veto should the bill reach the president’s desk…this one says, “if the
President were presented with H.J. Res. 59, he would veto the bill.”
Sadly Obama is unlikely to receive the bill with the defunding language since the spending bill has
no chance of clearing the Senate in that form.
But understand despite how the media presents it, it would be the president shutting down the government if the bill reaches his desk and it would be the Senate Democrats defunding the government should a bill which funds everything else in the government except for Obamacare be caught up in conference committee.