Changing demands in the continuing resolution battle

The more things have changed for House Republicans, the more they've stayed the same. Below is the shifting list of House GOP demands for funding the government in the short term, which have been rejected by Democrats at every turn.

Defund the Affordable Care Act

Bowing to the demands of cast-iron conservative rank-and-file members, House GOP leaders opted to vote on a stopgap spending measure that would defund Obamacare. The bill passed almost exclusively along party lines. A week later, the Senate killed it.

Rejected by Senate on Sept. 27

Delay Affordable Care Act mandates, taxes and benefits for one year

Repeal the medical-device tax

Two days after the Senate returned a continuing resolution to the House stripped of the health-care law language, the House shifted gears but remained committed to taking on the Affordable Care Act. This time, they passed legislation to repeal a controversial medical-device tax and delay the health-care law’s mandates, taxes and benefits for one year. The Senate swiftly rejected it.

Rejected by Senate on Sept. 30

Delay the Affordable Care Act individual mandate for one year

Deny lawmakers and their staff government subsidies for health care

Just hours before the shutdown started, House Republicans tried once more to target the health-care law. They set their sights on delaying the individual mandate for one year and stripping lawmakers and their aides of health-care subsides. Predictably, the Senate voted it down.

Rejected by Senate on Sept. 30

A negotiation

House Republicans demanded a conference committee as a shutdown appeared imminent, and they have not let up in their insistence that Senate Democrats and President Obama negotiate with them over the stopgap spending measure and the debt ceiling. The House passed a bill Tuesday that would establish a bipartisan House-Senate working group to negotiate a broader set of fiscal issues. But Democrats have been firm: Pass so-called "clean" bills to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, then we will talk.

Senate has refused to meet with the House, and the White House has threatened to veto the working group measure

SOURCE: Staff reports.