The House on Friday is poised to approve a stopgap spending bill that strips out funding for President Obama’s signature healthcare law.
The continuing resolution, pushed by Republican leaders at the behest of conservatives, will serve as the first volley in a 10-day battle that will determine whether much of the federal government shuts down on Oct. 1. It cleared a test vote in the House on Thursday, 230-192, setting up a final vote for Friday.
Once approved by the House, the measure will move to the Senate, where Democratic leaders have vowed to restore funding to ObamaCare and could try to increase spending levels to soften the blow of sequestration.
Backed into a corner by conservatives, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday challenged Senate Republicans to “pick up the mantle and get the job done” by fighting for the House measure in the upper chamber.
“We’ll deliver a big victory in the House [on Friday], and then this fight will move over to the Senate, where it belongs,” Boehner said at a Capitol news conference. “I expect my Senate colleagues to be up for the battle.”