In a letter (PDF) dated July 18, some 127 House GOP lawmakers urged Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) not to permit “any legislation” to come to the floor that includes Affordable Care Act implementation funds. The implied message: shut down the government unless Democrats agree to defund President Obama’s signature law.
“Since much of the implementation of ObamaCare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare through the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal entity,” the 127 lawmakers wrote (emphasis in original).
So far Boehner seems to not be taking the bait. He's got an uneasy truce right now with the Senate, a basic agreement to just fund the government through continuing resolutions, and says "our goal would be to make sure the government is funded and any political talk of a government shutdown is put to rest.”
Worst. Congress. Ever. Led by the Worst. Speaker. Ever. Let's make Boehner's predicament even more uncomfortable.