Cut the budget
While House Republicans voted yesterday 230-189 to keep government open while terminating Obamacare – and setting the stage for a dustup next week with Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama – a Rasmussen Reports poll shows support for a government shutdown.
While most poll respondents, 56 percent, said a federal government shutdown would be bad for the economy – only 20 percent say it would be good – they say they are willing to risk one until Congress can find a way to cut the budget, including funding for Obamacare.
A federal budget that cuts spending is favored by 58 percent, the pollster reports, while only 16 percent prefer one that increases spending. Twenty-one percent support a budget that keeps spending levels about the same.
The Senate Democratic majority next week is expected to strip out the Obamacare cuts and send it back to the House.
Then, it will get interesting.
The deadline is Sept. 30. That is when funding for the federal government runs out. The new measure would fund the government through Dec. 15, essentially at last year’s levels, and would leave the budget sequester cuts in place.