The White House says it’s up to Congress to avoid a government shutdown because the administration “will not accept anything that delays or defunds Obamacare.”
“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.
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.”