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House passes spending bill to defund Obamacare
September 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM


House Republicans passed their stopgap funding bill Friday to keep government open while terminating the new health care law, setting up a final showdown next week with Senate Democrats and President Obama who have firmly rejected the GOP approach.

The 230-189 vote, which split almost exactly along party lines, is the precursor to the big action next week, when the Democratic majority in the Senate is expected to strip out the health care provisions and send the bill back to the House — where Republicans will have to decide whether they can accept it at that point.



All sides are racing to beat a Sept. 30 deadline, which is when current funding for the federal government runs out. The new measure would fund the government through Dec. 15, essentially at last year’s levels, and would leave the budget sequester cuts in place.

But Republicans on Friday also attached two amendments to the final bill — one to direct how government spending is prioritized in the event the Treasury Department bumps up against its borrowing limit in the coming weeks, and another that strips out funding for President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, which would effectively stop its implementation.

“The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner, who rallied with fellow Republicans after the vote in a show of unity that seemed designed to quell speculation about a rebellion within the House Republican Conference.

Republicans said the move was designed to put some Democratic senators on the spot. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor named several who are up for re-election next year, including Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and Alaska Sen. Mark Begich.

Democrats said the bill was an outrage that exposed Republicans’ true intention of trying to force a government shutdown.

“It is a wolf in wolf’s clothing,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat. “Either you don’t know what you’re doing or this is one of the most intentional acts of brutality you’ve cooked up.”



Rep. Nita Lowey, the top Democrat on the House spending committee, said limiting government funding now would immediate consequences, such as preventing federal authorities from being able to help out as Colorado recovers from devastating floods.

Democrats urged the GOP to negotiate with them to raise taxes in order to spend more.

Republicans countered that if they’d wanted to shut down government, they wouldn’t have brought any bill to the floor.

“We are pragmatists. We know we have to pass bills to fund government. Thus this bill,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, Kentucky Republican.

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  • NWP
    by NWP
    September 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM
    Ugh.
  • RandRMomma
    September 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Republicans are wasting time. They know that the Senate will not pass the bill they've sent over to them. Instead of coming up with a reasonable solution that everyone can agree on, they're playing party politics. What a shame.

  • Sisteract
    September 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Yep-

    The Rs are going to rail on about this as loudly as Ds rail about gun control- and while they distract us with one hand, they'll be fleecing us with the other- 

    Such a waste of time. I'd like to fire the entire lot of them. 2014 is just around the corner.

    Quoting RandRMomma:

    Republicans are wasting time. They know that the Senate will not pass the bill they've sent over to them. Instead of coming up with a reasonable solution that everyone can agree on, they're playing party politics. What a shame.


  • RandRMomma
    September 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I agree. I'm voting third party in 2014.

    Quoting Sisteract:

    Yep-

    The Rs are going to rail on about this as loudly as Ds rail about gun control- and while they distract us with one hand, they'll be fleecing us with the other- 

    Such a waste of time. I'd like to fire the entire lot of them. 2014 is just around the corner.

    Quoting RandRMomma:

    Republicans are wasting time. They know that the Senate will not pass the bill they've sent over to them. Instead of coming up with a reasonable solution that everyone can agree on, they're playing party politics. What a shame.



  • jaxTheMomm
    September 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Last time there was a shut down ('95?) it cost us something like 14 billion dollars to shut down and then start back up when it was over.

    Way to go partisans!  WOOT WOOT 

  • TranquilMind
    September 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

     Me too (and we never agree about anything).

    I've voted 3rd party for years. 

    Quoting RandRMomma:

    I agree. I'm voting third party in 2014.

    Quoting Sisteract:

    Yep-

    The Rs are going to rail on about this as loudly as Ds rail about gun control- and while they distract us with one hand, they'll be fleecing us with the other- 

    Such a waste of time. I'd like to fire the entire lot of them. 2014 is just around the corner.

    Quoting RandRMomma:

    Republicans are wasting time. They know that the Senate will not pass the bill they've sent over to them. Instead of coming up with a reasonable solution that everyone can agree on, they're playing party politics. What a shame.



     

  • T-HoneyLuv
    September 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM
    It is a complete and total waste of time. Ridiculous.


    Quoting RandRMomma:

    Republicans are wasting time. They know that the Senate will not pass the bill they've sent over to them. Instead of coming up with a reasonable solution that everyone can agree on, they're playing party politics. What a shame.


  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    September 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM
    The ACA is law. What do they think can do now ?
    Are the republicans turning into "death panel people", hoping millions will have to go without ANY health care and then die,leaving only rich conservatives to populate America ?
    They are nuts.
  • MomTiara19
    September 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

  • smalltowngal
    September 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    It seemed like Boehner didn't even want this to go through. The Senate will change it to get rid of the health care part, probably add a bunch of things in that cost taxpayers more money and then send it back to the House. It's estimated the House will only have 48 hours to pass what ever the Senate comes up with. :/ 

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