President Barack Obama is open to signing a short-term, “clean” continuing resolution that does not defund or delay Obamacare.
“We would consider a clean CR that prevents a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Thursday. That would give time to consider a broader spending deal, he said.
Carney was asked whether the White House would agree to a $986 billion spending level House Republicans have proposed — which is just below 2013 sequester levels. Republicans insist their bill is “clean.”
Carney did not directly address that spending level.
He did reiterate the president would not accept any legislation delaying or defunding the health care law.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.