The House of Representatives is preparing to send another continuing resolution to the Senate with provisions that make it dead on arrival. But National Review's Robert Costa reports that House leadership is already discussing a Plan C for when the Senate rejects today's plan: passing a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare but includes the so-called Vitter Amendment. One: three weeks ago, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor tried to get House Republicans behind a plan that would have forced the Senate to take a vote on funding Obamacare but kept the government open even if the Senate chose to keep Obamacare funded.
They couldn't get enough Republican votes to pass this plan because conservative Republicans (correctly) called it out as a gimmick that wouldn't defund Obamacare. . Cruz even mocked his House Republican staff detractors during his 21-hour floor speech, noting "There is no courage like the courage in Washington of the anonymous congressional staffer." If a CR with the Vitter Amendment becomes law, the upshot will be that Cruz hijacked the House's legislative process over the CR, Obamacare is still being funded, and all Republicans have to show for it is a staff pay cut of several thousand dollars.
But they will have a common enemy (the Republicans) and a plausible legislative strategy (repeal the Vitter Amendment.) Vitter has been prattling on about how there is a "special Obamacare exemption" for Congress that his amendment would fix. That's not true , as National Review's Jonathan Strong points out, but truth is rarely an important factor in Republican health policy talking points.