September 12th, 2013
11:29 AM ET

GOP Lawmakers Threaten Government Shutdown, Blame Obamacare

A vote on whether to approve U.S. military action in Syria may now be on hold on Capitol Hill. That means lawmakers now focus on domestic issues and money matters loom large, CNN's Athena Jones reports.

Basically, if congress doesn't pass a new spending bill the government will run out of money October 1st and that means a government shutdown.

Lawmakers again face the decision to raise the nation's borrowing limit by this fall or the government won't be able to pay its bills.

The main topic of discussion continues to be Obamacare.

Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, has said, "We're going to continue to do everything we can to protect Americans from this harmful healthcare law."

Some conservative Republicans said they want the controversial health care law defunded, and they're willing to risk a government shutdown to try to do it.

Sen. Mike Lee, (R) Utah, said "Encourage your senators and congressmen, do not vote for any piece of spending containing funding for the additional implementation and enforcement of Obamacare."

A new CNN/ORC poll shows just 39 percent of the public likes the law, down from 51 percent in January of this year.

But any attempt to block it in the Republican-controlled house would fail in the Democrat-controlled senate.

Another new poll also shows nearly three quarters of Americans believe the country would face a crisis or major problems if the government were to shut down for a few weeks and most of them, 51 percent, say they would hold Republicans responsible for a shutdown.

While the spending bill comes first, raising the debt limit will be right after that.

The President has said he won't negotiate over the debt limit and Republicans say they won't raise taxes to reach any deal.

The Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate plan to meet Thursday morning to talk about these upcoming fights

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