Below is from FNC’s Chad Pergram:
Via various sources…
We are told that we should expect at some point today for the House GOP leadership to post the text of a revamped CR to avoid a shutdown…after it gets the Senate CR this pm.
We are unclear as to what the bill would do precisely, but we are hearing that the add-on is a one year suspension of Obamacare.
The House Rules Committee would probably not meet today to tee up that bill for the floor. That would happen tomorrow…with some sort of a House debate and vote unfolding Saturday afternoon.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) tells Fox he’s had no outreach from majority Republicans on getting Democratic votes for a potential “clean” CR to avoid a shutdown.
The thought is that the House could pass a CR just to fund government with some Republicans and lots of Democrats.
Also, there was a meeting/conference call last night with about 30 House conservatives and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) & Mike Lee (R-UT). Conservative House leaders Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Tom Graves (R-GA) were also involved.
Some (some) House members are now headed home today since it’s doubtful the House will take any action until late tomorrow.
A senior Senate source indicates the Senate will not be in session tomorrow…and probably not return to session until Sunday to prospectively deal with a new CR from the House. Some senators are definitely leaving town after the afternoon votes.
Fox is told that the Senate would not accept a CR which cuts the medical device tax which is $30 billion in revenue and is a big pay-for in Obamacare.
There is also some intrigue about the timing of the House schedule. Initially, there was thought that the House might try to move tonight on the reworked Senate bill. But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) signalled last night that the House would not move until Saturday at the earliest.
That shocked some. Many thought that was an effort to jam Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and limit how much time he had to work with yet a new CR, kicked back to the Senate from the House. In other words, it’s like a hot potato..where neither body wants to be holding the potato when the music ends. However, there is a more Machiavellian reading of this:
First of all, the House just needs some time to get all of its members on board with a new plan. But by not kicking a reworked bill to the Senate until later rather than sooner….is an effort to keep the ball away from Cruz and Lee as long as possible.
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