Reid: Senate GOP will share blame for government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDonald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary McConnell cements his standing in GOP history MORE (D-Nev.) said Thursday Senate Republicans will be responsible for a government shutdown if they support a House measure linking ObamaCare and a stop-gap spending measure.

The House is expected to approve a measure funding the government through Dec. 15 but defunding ObamaCare by Friday.

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Reid said if Senate Republicans back the measure, they’ll share responsibility for shutting down the government.

“My concern is whether the [Senate] Republicans are going to be going pell-mell to support what the Republicans have done — or will do in the House, is what I should say — if they decide to do that, then they’re closing the government, clearly,” he told reporters.

Senate Republicans are coming under intense pressure to back the defunding effort.

Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUS-China trade war is just the start of the struggle for global order Dem lawmaker: Migrant family separation policy 'is on all of us' Cruz wins charity basketball challenge against Jimmy Kimmel MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGraham jokes about Corker: GOP would have to be organized to be a cult Liberal groups launches ads against prospective Trump Supreme Court nominees Overnight Finance: Senators introduce bill to curb Trump's tariff authority | McConnell calls it 'exercise in futility' | Kudlow warns WTO won't dictate policy | Mulvaney feud with consumer advocates deepens MORE (R-Utah) called on Senate Republicans to stand with the House GOP in the fight to defund the Affordable Care Act during an interview with conservative talk-show host Sean Hannity Wednesday.

Separately on Thursday, Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase Facebook execs to meet with GOP leaders over concerns about anti-conservative bias Boehner: Federal government should not interfere in recreational marijuana decisions MORE (R-Ohio) said he expected Senate Republicans to put up a tough fight to defund ObamaCare.

House Republicans were irritated with a statement on Wednesday from Cruz, who suggested there wasn’t enough support in the Senate to defund ObamaCare. Cruz had been one of the loudest voices pressuring the House to take the risky political move, despite objections from establishment GOP voices, including the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board.

Without a government-funding deal, the government will shut down on Oct. 1.

Most Senate Republicans have declined to say whether they would vote with Democrats to pass a “clean” stop-gap spending measure that would not affect the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Even Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrFormer Senate intel aide indicted for perjury makes first court appearance The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Washington's week of 'we'll see' Former Senate Intel aide indicted in DOJ leak case MORE (R-N.C.), who recently called the House GOP’s aggressive bid to defund ObamaCare the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard” won’t say whether he’ll vote to strip defunding language from the continuing resolution.

Reid on Thursday declined to comment on his legislative strategy and said BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase Facebook execs to meet with GOP leaders over concerns about anti-conservative bias Boehner: Federal government should not interfere in recreational marijuana decisions MORE may not even have enough votes to pass a bill linking ObamaCare and the government funding resolution.

“We’ve heard all kinds of rumors that they don’t have the votes, that they’re going to try to come up with another strategy. So let’s just wait and see what they come up with,” he said.

Reid reiterated his position that Democrats will not grant any concessions to the GOP in exchange for keeping the government funded beyond September or raising the nation’s debt limit.

“The president has made very, very clear and we have followed that up by saying we also are not going to negotiate on the debt ceiling and we’re not going to and that’s very, very clear,” Reid said.