WASHINGTON (AP) - More than one-third of House Republicans are urging their leader to trigger a government shutdown rather than fund "Obamacare."
Eighty Republicans on Thursday asked Speaker John Boehner to resist any spending bills that would help implement the new health care law.
It's virtually certain that President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats would reject such demands. A partial government shutdown probably would result.
With 80 of the House's 233 Republicans signing the letter, a solid majority has refrained from trying to limit Boehner's options. That presumably would allow him to push a bipartisan bill that funds the health law and is supported by a "majority of the majority" of his fellow Republicans. That's a Boehner priority.
But Boehner would need more than 60 Democratic votes to pass such a bill.