House GOP leaders are warning they may not simply just take up a continuing resolution funding government operations if Senate Democrats strip out language defunding Obamacare.Nope, Republicans aren't done with the games, though their staff might be a little peeved by this since it's their livelihoods at stake. In fact, last I heard, Republican staffers were working with Democratic aides in the Senate to make sure this idea "goes down in flames." Because, unlike their bosses, they can't afford to lose the employer subsidy of their insurance premiums.
Instead, House Republicans could either sit on the bill — which is unlikely, as that would lead to a government shutdown — or insert other, more onerous provisions into the $986 billion continuing resolution or CR, and then send that revised package back to the Senate.
One of the proposals that House Republican leaders are considering would bar the federal government from making its employer contribution to the health care plan for lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides, an issue of huge—but politically sensitive—importance to many members and staff. [...]
“Don’t assume that just because it comes out of the Senate, it’s going to go the [House] floor as is,” warned Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), the chief deputy majority whip.
Never mind that, the teabaggers want their shutdown. House Republican leadership seems determined to give it to them.