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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans will not simply pass a temporary spending bill from the Democratic Senate after it is shorn clean of a tea party plan to “defund Obamacare,” House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday.
“I don’t see that happening,” Boehner told reporters. He added that “I have no interest in a government shutdown” and still doesn’t expect one to occur on Tuesday, even though the House move appears to raise the risk of one.
At the same time, the Ohio Republican said House GOP leaders would unveil legislation to lift the government’s borrowing cap, but only if the new health care law is delayed for a year. He defended that measure’s relatively modest spending cuts even as some rank-and-file conservatives pressed for more.
“It does not cut spending significantly. It does not fix the problem,” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said of the debt ceiling package. He said he was undecided about whether to support it. “We need to significantly cut federal government spending, or long-term have a balanced budget constitutional amendment.”
President Barack Obama again vowed he won’t negotiate over the debt ceiling measure.
“The entire world looks to us to make sure that the world economy is stable. You don’t mess with that,” Obama said at a community college in Largo, Md. “And that’s why I will not negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”