Moments after the Senate vote tabling the House GOP's plan to delay Obamacare for a year, House Republicans leaked word of their latest extortion demand, again demanding the delay of the individual mandate for a year, and said they would vote on it this evening.
QUESTION: Is a clean CR off the table? Is that not going to happen?
BOEHNER: That's not going to happen.
(Note the smirking House GOP members standing behind Speaker Boehner.)
Simply put, there will be a shutdown at midnight, because Harry Reid has already said the Senate would not entertain extortion demands from the GOP because if you give into a bully once, you're simply asking to get bullied again. Reid said that as soon the GOP sends another another list of demands, the Senate would immediately vote to reject them.
If a shutdown is to be averted, however, at some point someone needs to blink. And when a reporter asked Boehner if he meant that the House won't vote on a clean CR tonight, or if they won't vote on a clean CR ever, he refused to answer:
QUESTION: That's not going to happen when? That's not going to happen tonight before midnight, or it's not going to happen ever?
BOEHNER: The House will act this evening and we'll send it over to the United States Senate. Thanks.
It seems fairly clear which side thinks they have the stronger hand to play, and it isn't the GOP.
The federal government will shut down unless the House passes a clean continuing resolution before midnight tonight. Email your House member now.