By Daniel Strauss and Sam Baker - 03/13/13 09:17 PM EDT
Hannity pressed Boehner on his decision not to vote on a defunding proposal as part of the House's continuing resolution, which keeps the government operating through the end of the fiscal year. Conservatives in the Senate demanded a defunding vote on the chamber's CR.
"The government runs out of money on March 27 and our goal is to have the spending fight — whether it's ObamCcare and all the rest— is to have that fight over the sequester," Boehner responded.
Holding a defunding vote at the wrong time, like during consideration of raising the debt ceiling, could jeopardize the country's credit, Boehner argued.
"There will be opportunities ahead but do you want risk the full faith and credit of the United States government over ObamaCare? That's a very tough argument to make," Boehner added. "The American people are gong to control this."
House Republicans will have no problem passing legislation defunding the law, Boehner said, even if the Senate is certain not to follow suit.
Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzDemocrats pounce on Cruz's Supreme Court comments Brent Budowsky: An epic battle for the future of Congress Cruz: Precedent exists for keeping Supreme Court short-staffed MORE (R-Texas) introduced an amendment defunding the healthcare law. The Senate amendment failed Wednesday.
"The Senate's never done anything," Boehner said. "I expect the Senate will have a vote during their budget debate on ObamaCare. I don't expect it'll pass. But we're going to continue to help the American people understand just how devastating this law is going to be, both on the budget side and to the fact that they're not going toe able to keep the lean insurance they like, as the president promised them."