{mosads}The Graves bill, which takes a confrontational approach against the White House that many say would guarantee at least a short government shutdown, now has 59 House Republicans in support out of 233 voting members.

Members are expected to debate ObamaCare and continuing resolution strategy during a Wednesday meeting. 

The Graves bill contains increased funding for the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veteran’s affairs, while cutting funding for domestic agencies below the $967 billion sequester level for 2014. 

Domestic agencies would be run on autopilot at the new lower level for all of fiscal 2014, rather then being given detailed appropriations instructions. 

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) last week tried to sell the GOP conference on a more cautious approach. Their continuing resolution would have kept the government funded through Dec. 15 at the $988 billion level of the 2013 sequester. It would have forced the Senate to vote on a defunding of ObamaCare but did not contain the provision in the core text. 

Accrording to Graves staff, the new co-sponsors of the Graves bill are: Reps. Michael McCaul (Texas), Candice Miller (Mich.), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Larry Bucshon (Ind.), Chris Stewart (Utah), Trey Radel (Fla.), Lee Terry (Neb.), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Dennis Ross (Fla.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), Roger Williams (Texas), Brad Wenstrup (Ohio), Ted Poe (Texas), Mike Pompeo (Kan.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), and Bob Gibbs (Ohio).

“We have a duty, as members of Congress, to not only save Americans from the ravages of Obamacare but also prevent a government shutdown. We can do both by fully delaying and defunding Obamacare until 2015, while ensuring our spending priorities are in order. With nearly 90 percent of Americans saying the President’s healthcare law will not have a positive impact on their family, we have to continue our efforts to scrap this law once and for all,” Gosar explained in a statement. 

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