WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's U.S. House members voted with their parties Friday, when the Republican majority approved a government funding package for the next three months with no money for Obamacare.
The vote was 230-189, with all five Wisconsin GOP members voting yes, and all 3 Democrats voting no.
The proposal now goes to the Senate, where the Democratic majority is talking about stripping the defunded health care package from the spending bill -- thus forcing the House to pass it as a stand alone bill that President Obama would sign, which he has said he won't.
That would leave a disagreement between the two houses on the stop-gap spending measure, thus raising the possibility of a government shutdown starting on October 1st.
Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan says a shutdown is not in the GOP's best interest because it takes the focus off the health care package. Ryan, who's the House budget chairman, also says a shutdown would not stop Obamacare because it's a legal entitlement that would still have to be funded.
Around a half-million Wisconsinites will start enrolling with purchasing exchanges next month for the coverage the law requires them to have come January 1st.