Those votes could come from a group of veteran lawmakers, who see little political gainand lots of potential damageto shutting down.
Im hopeful that normal people are going to prevail, said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a moderate who routinely is at odds with his tea party colleagues.
Republicans also came under new fire from Democrats. Its time for this temper tantrum, Mr. Speaker, to end and for cooler heads to prevail there must be some cooler heads here on the other side, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., told House colleagues.
The more vocal, more conservative faction of the Republican party had been urging Saturdays action, and continued to insist they wont give in. Ill continue to fight Obamacare by any means possible, insisted Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
The one year delay makes sense, they argued, because parts of the law have already been put off.
In July, the Obama administration announced it was delaying for a year the employer mandate requiring larger companies to offer employees insurance. Thursday, the administration said small businesses will not be able to enroll in a health care plan until November, rather than next month.
Why not a further delay, many Republicans asked?
Number One, it would allow us to have a legitimate conversation about the unintended consequences the affordable care bill has had, said Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. I think that way would take the rhetoric out of it, take the polarization out of it, and allow a real honest discussion to happen, which I think would be good for the country and be good policy.
If he rejected a further delay, Obama would have a hard time justifying a government shutdown, argued Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio. Hell really have to answer to the American people, Chabot said.
Ending the medical device tax is a tactic designed to at least make Democrats think again about changing the budget plan. In March, the Senate voted, 79-20, to endorse its repeal. Democrats are being pressed by medical device supplier to end the 2.3 percent tax, which went into effect this year. Republicans think repeal could be hard for senators to resist.
What will move this is Democrat senators who put pressure on Reid, said Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican freshman from Charlotte, N.C. This device tax may be what they need.
The military provision was crucial to winning support from a handful of Republicans concerned about the impact of a shutdown on service personnel.
We have to be sure our military has the things they need to carry out their missions and Ill be talking as long as I can talk about that, said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard Buck McKeon, R-Calif.
(Anita Kumar of the McClatchy Washington Bureau contributed)