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OBAMACARE ‘DEFUND’ TO GET A VOTE - House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team will today start the process of bringing forward a bill that would make funding the government conditional on defunding President Obama’s 2010 health law. This is a major victory for the Heritage Action PAC, the group led by former Sen. Jim DeMint, which has threatened to help unseat any Republican who votes for any bill that does not strip out new funding for ObamaCare. It’s also going to slow down the process of finding a way to avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1.
[Watch Fox: Sen. Jon Barrasso, R-Wyo., Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee discusses ObamaCare in the 10 a.m. ET hour]
Tick, tick, tick – Leadership aides say that under the plan, the House would pass the defunding bill, sending it to the Democratic Senate where Majority Leader Harry Reid would likely strip out the provision, setting up a days-long procedural battle with conservatives, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. With a government shutdown just 12 days away, leaders in both parties are anxious. The best-case scenario for avoiding a shutdown looks to be a swift defeat in the Senate for the measure, beginning the process of building a bipartisan coalition in support of an emergency funding bill in the House.