House releases short-term spending measure

House Republicans on Tuesday released a copy of their short-term spending resolution for 2014, which covers federal government spending through Dec. 15.

That language is accompanied by a concurrent resolution that says no money can be spent to implement the 2010 healthcare law known as ObamaCare.

This second resolution reflects a GOP plan to force the Senate to vote on whether to fund ObamaCare in the new fiscal year. But as of Tuesday, many Republicans were balking at this plan, and argued it would be easy for the Senate to reject this language.

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Based on the texts released Tuesday night, the House GOP plan appears to be to pass the short-term spending resolution, and then pass the concurrent resolution blocking spending on ObamaCare. The latter language makes a technical correction to the main spending resolution to incorporate the limitation on ObamaCare spending.

Assuming the House passes both resolutions, the Senate would be able to pass the short-term spending language, but could choose not to pass the concurrent resolution on ObamaCare. That would leave Congress in the position of having passed a simple short-term spending extension through Dec. 15.

The release suggests GOP leaders are pushing forward with a Thursday vote on the two resolutions, despite some opposition from conservatives who want a more certain path for defunding ObamaCare.

Some Republicans say they might try to force the House Rules Committee to incorporate the ObamaCare defunding language into the main continuing resolution. If this fails, these Republicans would likely vote against the rule.

The GOP has pushed for a short-term spending bill for 2014 to give Congress time to work out a debt ceiling agreement.

The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30, so the bill keeps the government funded for about 10 weeks. It will also require Congress to address 2014 spending again by early December.

— This story was updated at 7:48 p.m.

— Erik Wasson contributed