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Democrats Threaten Government Shutdown Since GOP is ‘Dangerously Close to Repealing Obamacare

House Democratic leaders issued an ultimatum that if Republicans insist on moving forward with an Obamacare repeal and replace bill before the end of the week, they will oppose a spending bill to keep the government running.

Democratic Steny Hoyer delivered the threat to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Thursday morning in an email, The Hill reported.

“If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well,” Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat said in his email to California Republican McCarthy.

Despite the GOP controlling the House, the threat still has some power to it.

Conservative Republican House members have historically opposed temporary government funding bills. Accordingly, the GOP will require some Democratic support to pass such a resolution.

“Republicans continue to struggle to find the votes to pass a bill that will kick 24 million Americans off their health coverage, allow discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, and impose an age tax on older Americans. That’s why they are trying to jam it through the House before their Members can hear from the American people this weekend about their opposition to this horrible legislation.”

The Hill reported:

The Democrats’ move comes as bipartisan negotiators in both chambers are getting closer to an agreement on an omnibus spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. If Congress doesn’t act before midnight Friday night, much of the federal government would shut down.

Republicans are eying a short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, to buy time for the negotiators to iron out the remaining sticking points — a temporary extension that was expected to pass easily with bipartisan support.

The House GOP’s attempt to approve an Obamacare and repeal measure on March 23 failed. Since then, Republicans have hammered out a new proposal, which has gained approval from conservatives.

A vote on the new proposal could come this week – but not if the Democrats have any say in the matter.

“If Republicans pursue this partisan path of forcing Americans to pay more for less and destabilizing our county’s health care system — without even knowing how much their bill will cost — Republicans should be prepared to pass a one-week Continuing Resolution on their own,” Hoyer said.