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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) dared House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to put a clean government spending bill up for a vote Monday night.

"I dare you to bring that bill to the floor," Hoyer said minutes before the House took a vote on its latest spending bill with new anti-Obamacare provisions.

Boehner has refused to allow a vote on the Senate-passed spending bill with no changes to Obamacare.

House Speaker John Boehner sought to blame President Obama's refusal to negotiate over Obamacare for the looming government shutdown.

"All the president has to do is say yes, and the government is funded tomorrow," Boehner said on the House floor Monday night.

Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have consistently said that they wouldn't accept any changes to Obamacare in exchange for funding the government.

The House will vote momentarily on its latest spending bill with new anti-Obamacare provisions.

The Senate will reject the new anti-Obamacare provisions that House Republicans aim to attach to the government spending bill and return it to the House before midnight, a senior Senate Democratic aide told TPM's Sahil Kapur.

It's the same move that the Senate made earlier Monday. The House is expected to vote on its bill at about 8.15 p.m. ET.

Late update: The Senate is expected to vote at 9:30pm ET.

Some congressional Republican staff members aren't happy about the vote their bosses will take this evening to eliminate their health insurance subsidies.

"I understand it politically, and as a talking point," one Republican staffer told Mother Jones. "But Congress literally threw staff under the bus on this…You're hurting staff assistants who are sorting your mail."

The House's latest spending bill would delay Obamacare's individual mandate for one year and eliminate subsidies for Congress members and their staff. A vote is expected sometime around 8 p.m. ET.

The House took a procedural step at 7:15 p.m. ET toward its next vote on a spending bill with anti-Obamacare provisions.

The House approved 225-204 the bill's "rule," which allows the House to skip normal procuedures and bring the latest House GOP continuing resolution proposal to the floor for a vote this evening. Six Republicans voted against the rule with Democrats: Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), Rep. Paul Broun (GA), Rep. Charlie Dent, Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX), Rep. Pete King (NY), Rep. Steve King (IA). After an hour of debate, the House will vote on the bill, roughly 8:15 p.m. ET.

Pete King claimed he was staging a revolt at the rule vote to block conservative House Republicans, but the measure ultimately passed. 

The latest bill would delay Obamacare's individual mandate for a year and eliminate subsidies for Congress members and staff.

Rep. Pete King (R-NY) told National Review Online that moderate Republicans would revolt against House leadership's latest ploy to derail Obamacare in exchange for funding the government.

King said he had 25 House Republicans who would oppose the latest plan, which would delay Obamacare's individual mandate for a year and eliminate subsidies for Congress members and staff. If that's true and House Democrats united against the plan, it likely wouldn't have the votes to pass.

“This is going nowhere,” he told NRO. "If Obamacare is as bad as we say it’s going to be, then we should pick up a lot of seats in the next election and we should win the presidency in 2016. This idea of going through the side door to take something you lost through the front door -- to me it’s wrong.”

King acknowledged, though, that the verbal committment of those moderates to oppose the plan wasn't a guarantee that they would actually vote against it when the House votes Monday evening.

“How many of them are going to follow up today with the pressure and everything else, I don’t know,” King said.

Another Moderate Republican, Rep. Charlie Dent (PA), told TPM he intends to vote against a rule that would bring up a new continuing resolution with new anti-Obamacare provisions on Monday evening. He supports passing a "clean" continuing resolution to continue funding the government at current levels. 

House leadership could also lose some votes on the right. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) told the Huffington Post that she would oppose the latest plan because it "doesn't go far enough."

Two influential conservative groups split Monday on the House GOP's latest anti-Obamacare provisions tied to a government spending bill.

The House will vote Monday evening on a spending bill that would delay Obamacare's individual mandate for a year and eliminate subsidies for Congress members and staff. Heritage Action said it opposed the bill because it did not go far enough in stopping Obamacare, but would not track how members voted. Club for Growth said it supported the bill and would track votes.

"Much like the rest of Obamacare, the individual mandate and staffer exemption are bad policy, but the proposed changes would  not keep the law from taking root. For that reason, Heritage Action opposes the amendment, but will not key vote against it," Heritage Action said in a statement. "In the end, conservatives should stand strong against the intransigence of Harry Reid and Senate Democrats and insist on fully defunding the President’s failed law.”

The Club for Growth notice, which was not accompanied by a detailed statement, is here.

With a government shutdown a few hours away, President Obama outlined Monday afternoon what a government shutdown would look like if Congress fails to pass a spending bill.

"Office buildings will close, paychecks will be delayed, vital services that seniors and veterans, women and children, businesses and our economy depend on will be hamstrung," Obama said at the White House. "Veterans who have sacrificed for their country will find their support centers unstaffed. Tourists will find every one of America's national parks and monuments immediately closed. The communities and small businesses that rely on these national treasures for their livelihoods will be out of customers and out of luck."

Obama reiterated that the federal government is the nation's largest employer with more than two million civilian employees and 1.4 million active military members.

"In the event of a government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of these dedicated public servants who stay on the job will do so without pay," Obama said. "Several hundred thousand more will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay."

"Of course, what will not be furlouged are the bills they have to pay. Their mortgages, tuition payments," Obama continued. These Americans are our neighbors. Their kids go to our school. We worship where we do. They serve their country with pride. They are the customers of every business in this country. And they would be hurt gravely and as a consequence all of us will be hurt gravely should Congress choose to shut the people's government down. A shutdown will have a very real economic impact on real people right away."

"Past shutdowns have disrupted the economy significantly. This one would, too," he said. 

The federal government would shut down Tuesday if Congress fails to pass a new spending bill.



Rebuffing Republican demands that he concede ground on Obamacare to get a government spending bill passed, President Obama said Monday that funding the government "is not a concession to me."

"One faction of one party in one house of Congress, in one branch of government, does not get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election," Obama said. "Keeping the people's government open is not a concession to me. Keeping vital services running and hundreds of thousands of Americans on the job is not something you give to the other side. It is our basic responsibility."

"You do not get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you are supposed to be doing anyway or just because there is a law there that you do not like," Obama said. "The American people sent us here to govern. They sent us here to make sure that we are doing everything we can to make their lives a little bit after, trade new jobs, to restore economic security, to rebuild the prospects of upward mobility. That is what they expect."

Obama also reiterated that the ACA would continue even if the government shuts down. "The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. That funding is already in place," the president said. "You cannot shut it down."

The federal government would shut down Tuesday if Congress fails to pass a new spending bill.

President Obama chastised congressional Republicans Monday for making "impossible promises" to their base -- namely, stopping Obamacare -- and leading the federal government closer to a shutdown.

"All of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate is already done, and that is the simple act of funding our government without making extraneous and controversial demands in the process," Obama said at the White House. "The same way other congresses have for more than 200 years."

"Unfortunately right now, House Republicans continue to tie funding of the government to ideological demands like limiting a woman's access to contraception or delaying the Affordable Care Act," Obama said, "all to save face after making some impossible promises to the extreme right wing of their party."