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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.