“Our position is, obviously, is that we will not accept anything that delays or defunds Obamacare,” White House spokesperson Jay Carney said at a press briefing Wednesday.
“Threatening a government shutdown over an ideological position is not something most Americans would believe is the right thing to do.”
While the White House is willing to reject a measure that defunds Obamacare if it receives one, its view is that a shutdown would be the fault of Congress.
“Our view is Congress needs to act to avoid a shutdown,” Carney said. “Washington should not engage in activity that creates more self-inflicted wounds on the economy and a shutdown would do just that.”
House lawmakers are currently working on a continuing resolution to maintain funding for government programs and services through December 15, 2013.
Current funding for the government ends when the new fiscal year begins on October 1, 2013.
Conservative Republicans say the last chance to stop Obamacare is through a must-pass continuing resolution that funds all government operations, except for the Affordable Care Act.