The Office of Management and Budget made it official on Thursday, issuing a statement that Obama would veto a House Republican plan to defund the president’s health care plan as part of a temporary expenditure bill to prevent a government blackout on Oct. 1.
The GOP plan “advances a narrow ideological agenda that warns our economy and the interests of the middle class,” an OMB statement said. “The Resolution would defund the Affordable Care Act, denying millions of hard-working middle class families the security of inexpensive health coverage.”
As a practical matter, there is no way the Democratic-run Senate would sign off on the House plan.
With the economic year set to end Sept. 30, the two sides need to agree on a new spending plan or face a shutdown.
Said the OMB statement:
“The Administration is willing to support a short-term continuing resolution to allow critical Government functions to operate without interruption and looks forward to working with the Congress on appropriations legislation for the remainder of the fiscal year that preserves critical national priorities, protects national security, and makes investments to spur economic growth and job creation for years to come.”