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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.