President Barack Obama will reject any bill that defunds Obamacare, though he would approve a short-term continuing resolution that keeps the federal government running while lawmakers hammer out a budget deal, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.
"We will not accept anything that delays or defunds Obamacare," Carney said, The Hill reports.
"Congress needs to pass a budget and not attach politically motivated riders to their funding bills."
He added, "When you're talking about short-term extensions, you know, we would consider a clean [continuing resolution] that prevents a shutdown and allows time for Congress to find a long-term solution to its budget challenges when it comes to avoiding a shutdown."
Carney declined to specifically rule out a short-term deal that would keep federal spending at sequestration levels. The sequester imposed automatic spending cuts on the government earlier this year.
He added that Obama would "not accept anything that further cuts the investments we need to grow our economy, create jobs and strengthen the middle class," The Hill reports.
House Republicans are seeking to link any government funding resolution with legislation that seeks to defund Obamacare.
Carney accused Republicans of trying to "refight old battles."
"Setting aside all the policy significance of these decisions, the Republican leadership itself has said it would be politically damaging to them to allow the government to shut down," he said, according to The Hill. "And we agree. They should not do it. And they should not do it for a host of reasons."
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