RSC chief: House leaders say no funding for ObamaCare subsidies in spending bill

RSC chief: House leaders say no funding for ObamaCare subsidies in spending bill
© Greg Nash

House leaders have promised conservatives that the next spending bill will not contain funding for ObamaCare cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments, Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerMcCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote Scott to recuse himself from certifying Florida election results House GOP returns to Washington after sobering midterm losses MORE (R-N.C.) said Thursday.

“The three things that we’ve been told are not gonna happen as part of our agreement: no CSRs, no DACA, no debt limit,” Walker said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Walker, chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), said the promise was made during a meeting RSC members had with House leaders on Tuesday afternoon.

The cost-sharing subsidies have been a flashpoint during negotiations over both the GOP tax bill and the bill to continue funding the government beyond Dec. 22.

In exchange for her vote on the tax bill, Senate GOP leaders promised Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsDems vow swift action on gun reform next year Collins reiterates call for legislation to protect Mueller investigation GOP nerves on edge after Sinema takes lead over McSally MORE (R-Maine) they would include bipartisan legislation to fund the cost-sharing reductions as part of the spending bill.

The House and Senate are in the process of working out the differences between the tax bills passed by their respective chambers. A final version could pass as soon as next week.

Other House Republicans have also been critical of funding the cost-sharing payments, which they view as bailing out ObamaCare.

Additionally, Walker said the RSC is pushing for the next spending bill to have “mandatory reforms” like work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries.

The House on Thursday passed a bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 22, without any additional provisions attached.