House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent the below memo to GOP offices outlining CR strategy.
FIGHT TO DEFUND OBAMACARE
Many House Republicans have stated that they want to pass a CR that
affirmatively de-funds the implementation and enforcement of Obamacare. In
addition to firmly putting the House on record, such an effort would force the
Democrat Senate to confront the issue of defunding, providing Senate
Republicans the opportunity to challenge Senate Democrats to join Republicans
in blocking the further implementation of this awful and unpopular law.
Tactically, we want to engage this battle in a manner that unites House
Republicans, provides as few opportunities as possible for Senate Democrats to
duck the issue, and ensures that if defunding does not occur that Senate
Democrats are held to account.
The House simultaneously considers a CR at sequester levels AND
a H.Con.Res. that would amend the CR to include full defunding
The vote on passage of the CR is also on passage of the H.Con.Res.
Upon passage, the Clerk of the House sends the defunding
language to the Senate.
The rule for the CR/Defund package provides that the CR cannot be
transmitted to the Senate until the Senate has considered the
If the Senate passes defunding then it gets added to the CR as it
goes to the President. If they defeat it, then the Senate can consider
whether they want to pass the CR. If they do, without amendment it
goes to the President.