Wounded Boehner to pivot, stress spending cuts instead of defunding ObamaCare in next battle

Going forward, the House GOP intends to highlight the flaws of ObamaCare, but it will not factor into a government shutdown scenario in mid-January, the next fiscal deadline.

Even though Boehner has largely avoided media since the House approved the Senate deal late Wednesday night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has signaled the new strategy: by saying “there will not be a government shutdown,” over ObamaCare.

A senior House GOP leadership aide echoed McConnell’s remarks.

“There’s no serious appetite among our members for another shutdown. There is a serious appetite for protecting the spending cuts we’ve secured and fighting for more,” the leadership staffer said.