House Speaker John Boehner arrives for a closed-door meeting of the House Republican caucus Saturday.
The odds of a government shutdown spiked on Saturday after the House GOP said it would again vote to force concessions on "Obamacare" as a condition of funding government.
House Republicans doubled down on their strategy of seeking to undo Obamacare as part of the battle over funding the government past Monday, scheduling a vote on a stopgap measure that would delay the health care law for a year.
Though President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats have already said they would reject any measure to fund government that touches on the Affordable Care Act, Republicans barreled ahead with a new proposal to fund the government through mid-December, but also delay Obamacare for a year and repeal a politically-unpopular tax on medical devices contained within the law.
"The American people don’t want a government shut down and they don’t want Obamacare," Boehner and his deputies said in a joint statement. "That’s why later today, the House will vote on two amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution that will keep the government open and stop as much of the president’s health care law as possible."
The Republican leaders added: "We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.”
As a way to politically inoculate themselves against the political fallout from a shutdown, Republicans will also pass separate legislation to guarantee military members' pay should a shutdown come to pass.