House Will Vote to Amend Senate CR to Delay Obamacare One Year

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 28, 2013 | 5:35 PM EDT

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor. (AP Photo)

( - The House Republican leadership decided this afternoon to vote on two amendments to the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government after the current CR expires at midnight Monday.

The first of these amendments would delay the implementation of Obamacare--whose government-run exchanges are set to open on Tuesday--for one year. The second amendment would repeal the tax on medical devices that was included in the Obamacare law.

Additionally, the House Republican leaders said they would call a vote on a separate piece of legislation that would ensure that members of the military will be paid even if the CR to fund the government past Monday is not enacted.

"The American people don't want a government shut down and they don't want Obamacare," said a joint statement by Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R.-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.), and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R.-Wash."

"That's why later today, the House will vote on two amendmenets to the Senate-passed continuing resolution that will keep the government open and stop as much of the president's health care law as possible."

The statement did not explain what parts of the "president's health-care law" the amendment would not stop.

"We will also vote on a measure that ensures our troops get paid, no matter what," said Republican leaders.

The House Rules Committee was set to meet at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday to approve a rule for consideration of these amendments on the House floor.