House Democrats have officially threatened a government shutdown, should the GOP work to pass an Obamacare repeal bill this week, per The Hill.
The threat of a democrat-opposed spending bill is significant because some Republican house members are historically-opposed to short term spending bills.
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“If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well,” [Rep. Steny Hoyer, (D-MD)] said in an email.
“Republicans continue to struggle to find the votes to pass a bill that will kick 24 million Americans off their health coverage, allow discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, and impose an age tax on older Americans. That’s why they are trying to jam it through the House before their Members can hear from the American people this weekend about their opposition to this horrible legislation.”
The Democrats’ move comes as bipartisan negotiators in both chambers are getting closer to an agreement on an omnibus spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. If Congress doesn’t act before midnight Friday night, much of the federal government would shut down.
A primary point of contention in determining whether or not a bi-partisan omnibus bill would pass is the funding of Trump’s border wall along the U.S./Mexico border.