a game of chicken to see which members of Congress blink first. In the oft-chance that the Senate approves the House measure, the government will continue to operate and Obamacare dies.
What will be the likely result will be another continuing resolution that passes so that Republicans are able to say they didn’t pass a budget which funds Obamacare while they avoid the political black eye of being responsible for a government shutdown. This is not the least desirable option, but it only kicks the can down the road a wee bit further. In any event, we will all be watching the Senate to see whether they kick the bill back to the House or accept the defunding of the Affordable Care Act.
And yes, in case you’re wondering, even in the event of a government shutdown, both members of Congress and the president still get their paychecks on time.
Charles F. Coleman Jr. is a former King's County (Brooklyn, NY) prosecutor and a federal trial attorney specializing in civil rights. Follow him on Twitter: @CFColemanJr