Deirdre Shesgreen reports:
With less than 14 hours until a federal government shutdown, all eyes are back on House Speaker John Boehner, R-West Chester.
The Senate is expected Monday afternoon to kill two amendments–one that delays Obamacare and a second that repeals a medical device tax–which House GOP leaders added to a government funding bill over the weekend.
Then Boehner will have to decide whether to pass the Senate bill–a move that would require him to seek Democratic votes and would infuriate hard-line conservatives in his conference–or push another GOP proposal that funds the government only on the condition of undermining the health care reform law.
“With the government set to shut down at midnight tonight, there is only one relevant question in political Washington: How far will House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) go?” noted “The Fix,” the Washington Post’s blog this morning.
But as the Enquirer reported over the weekend in this story, Boehner has already signaled that he’ll side with tea party conservatives, even though that’s not the path he wanted to take. That would ensure a government shutdown, which this new poll suggests could end up hurting Republicans.
Here’s one of the more interesting columns we’ve seen so far this morning on Boehner’s predicament and his options, in which the Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus argues that Boehner “has more power than he seems to believe.”