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The House really wants to shut down the government. Instead of defunding the ACA [Obamacare] they now want it postponed for a year, and they want a tax on some medical equipment removed to continue to fund the government.
The Senate is not going to meet again until Monday and they will ship back the same bill they shipped before with neither of these amendments.
The only way of avoiding a shutdown is for Boehner to bring the Senate bill to the floor for a vote after convincing enough Republicans to join with the Democrats to pass it. The whackos will want his scalp if he does it, so he will probably have to lose the Speaker’s gavel if he does it. If he doesn’t do it, he may have a hard time raising money to run for reelection next year.