House Republican leaders are offering up an alternative strategy to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act while minimizing the threat of a government shutdown.
The new proposal — devised by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. — would put the decision to defund PPACA back on the Senate.
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It “would place centrist Democratic senators in a tough position on Obamacare but would not tie the extension of basic government funds to the law’s demise as desired by conservative activists,” The Hill, a congressional news website, reported.
The plan was expected to be presented to GOP lawmakers at the House Republican Conference meeting Tuesday.
Under the plan, the House would vote on a continuing resolution that maintains federal spending at sequester levels, The Hill reported.
The measure, The Hill said, would include a separate concurrent resolution defunding the health care law, and under the rule governing debate, the Senate would have to vote up-or-down on the health care resolution before it could vote on the spending bill.