Saturday: House resumes spending debate, plans vote on embassy security

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) now has to decide how to react to the Senate's "clean" spending bill. He has said previously that the House would not pass a clean bill.

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But the Senate vote may have created a new reality. Most Senate Republicans voted to end debate on the bill, knowing that vote would allow Democrats to strip the ObamaCare language from the bill.

That vote, which split Republicans 25-19 in favor of moving ahead with the bill, essentially told the House that there is no appetite in the Senate for a government shutdown over ObamaCare.

That could force GOP leaders in the House to recalculate their next move. At the same time, dozens of House Republicans are expected to keep up pressure on leadership to defund the healthcare law.

On Friday afternoon, one House Republican suggested that allowing the government to shut down would give the GOP leverage in their fight over ObamaCare.

The GOP will have a chance to discuss the issue in a meeting with the Republican caucus on Saturday. As of Friday afternoon, Republicans were still considering several ideas, including attaching a one-year delay of ObamaCare to the spending resolution.

The House will start at 10 a.m. for morning speeches, and then at noon for legislative business.

One item that could get a vote is H.Res. 361. This resolution would allow the House to consider rules related to spending or the debt ceiling on the House floor on the same day they are passed by the Rules Committee.

GOP leaders listed this as a possible vote on Saturday. One reason it may not be needed is because Republicans appear to have backed off a plan to pass a debt ceiling bill this weekend.

Another reason it would not be needed is if the House can quickly finalize its work on the spending resolution. The resolution in its current form is H.J.Res. 59, as amended by the Senate.

Also Saturday, the House also plans votes on two suspension bills, which will require a two-thirds vote to pass.

One is H.R. 2848, which would reauthorize the State Department and boost funding for embassy security. The bill is a reaction to last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four U.S. officials dead.

The other is H.R. 3204, a bipartisan bill aimed at making it easier to track counterfeit or dangerous drugs back to the facilities that produced them. This bill is a reaction to a meningitis outbreak that was eventually traced back to the New England Compounding Center.

Having finished its vote on Friday, the Senate adjourned until Monday afternoon. Before adjourning the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned House Republicans that the only way to avoid a shutdown is to pass the Senate's bill.

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