“Okay, so then the HOR gets that bill and it’s still not law, is it? At that point, can’t the HOR send the US Senate one bill at a time, each funding separate things?
I think what Cruz did is got a lot of normal citizens involved. Can the US Senate really vote against the Defense bill (etc) with the deadline looming?”
No, it’s not law, still a bill. And yes, the House can send bills to the senate one bill at a time, but in the mean time, the other parts of the government would be shut down until individual bills or a composite bill is/are passed and signed. This is what the republicans are afraid of. And why Reid and the senate did not pass a budget for four years so the government could run on continuing resolutions and these scary deadlines can keep coming.
Keep in mind that even if the Senate passed the current CR (with or without Obamacare), the funding would last only till December, when we get to do this all over again, with the threat of the Christmas recess. See the game?? Graves original bill in the House called for funding for a year, Boehner, etc. changed it to three months.
So Boehner is smart enough to know when his back’s against the wall?