House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the deadline to fund the government Thursday on Capitol Hill.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the deadline to fund the government Thursday on Capitol Hill.J. Scott Applewhite/AP
The Republican-controlled House is set to vote Friday on a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for business through the middle of December.
Congress has 10 days to get this worked out. If not, there will be a government shutdown. Passing what's known as a continuing resolution — a temporary bill to keep the lights on — should be routine. But this is turning into a huge fight that's likely to go right down to the wire.
And it's all because of Obamacare. Or more accurately, the determination of congressional Republicans to destroy President Obama's signature legislative achievement.
At the insistence of the most conservative wing of the House GOP conference, Speaker John Boehner is moving forward with a must-pass spending bill that includes the defunding.
Of course, the Senate is controlled by Democrats, and Majority Leader Harry Reid says any measure to defund Obamacare is "dead" and a "waste of time.