House Republicans pass bill to de-fund Obamacare, setting up showdown on budget & debt limit

SOURCE: Speaker.House.gov

House Republicans on Friday passed a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the federal government beginning Oct. 1st in exchange for de-funding the Affordable Care Act, which is set to be fully implemented next year. 

The H.J. Res. 59 passed by a vote of 230 to 189, with 228 Republicans and 2 Democrats – Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina – voting aye.

Read more: List of 228 House Republicans who voted for the CR to de-fund Obamacare

“The House has been fighting to stop Obamacare since 2009, and we have said over and over again, this law is going to increase the cost for the working middle-class families of this country and we’re now seeing it,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “We’ve said from the beginning that this law will harm our economy, and we’re seeing our economy turn from a full-time job economy into a part-time job economy. That’s why we are doing our job and now it is up to Senate Democrats to show some responsibility and follow the House’s lead.”

The White House and top Democrats have indicated that the President will likely veto any bill that seeks to de-fund the 2009 landmark health care reform law, which House Republicans have tried to repeal more than 40 times since its passage.

The move by House Republicans sets up yet another acrimonious showdown over the federal budget and the debt limit, both of which need to be resolved by the end September to avert a government shutdown and default, respectively.

In his weekly address, President Barack Obama criticized the Republicans for using the health care reform as leverage to threaten a government shutdown.

“Some are actually willing to plunge America into default if they can’t defund the Affordable Care Act. Think about that. They’d actually plunge this country back into recession – all to deny the basic security of health care to millions of Americans,” said Obama. “I will not allow anyone to harm this country’s reputation, or threaten to inflict economic pain on millions of our own people, just to make an ideological point.”

Obama added: “After five years spent digging out of crisis, the last thing we need is for Washington to manufacture another.”

 

Learn More:

13 Comments on “House Republicans pass bill to de-fund Obamacare, setting up showdown on budget & debt limit

  1. Pingback: Transcript: Press briefing Q&A with Sen. Harry Reid on the continuing resolution to avert government shutdown - Sept. 30, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  2. Pingback: Transcript: Sen. Debbie Stabenow's remarks on the GOP's CR to repeal women's preventive care & government shutdown - Sept. 30, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  3. Pingback: Transcript: Press briefing Q&A with Senate Democrats on the GOP's CR to repeal women's preventive care & government shutdown - Sept. 30, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  4. Pingback: Transcript: President Barack Obama's remarks on the government shutdown - Oct. 1, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  5. Pingback: Transcript: Sen. Elizabeth Warren's floor speech on the government shutdown - Sept. 30, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  6. Pingback: Transcript: Press briefing remarks by Sen. Harry Reid on the government shutdown - Oct. 2, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  7. Pingback: Transcript: Press briefing remarks by Sen. Chuck Schumer on the government shutdown - Oct. 2, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  8. Pingback: Transcript: Press briefing remarks by Sen. Patty Murray on the government shutdown - Oct. 2, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  9. Pingback: Transcript: Press briefing remarks by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after a White House meeting on the government shutdown on Oct. 2, 2013 | What The Folly?!

  10. Pingback: Democrats press Boehner to allow clean continuing resolution for House vote | What The Folly?!

  11. Pingback: List of 46 Republican Senators who voted in favor of House amendments to delay Obamacare for 1 year | What The Folly?!

  12. Pingback: List of 228 House Republicans who voted for the CR to de-fund Obamacare | What The Folly?!

  13. Pingback: Transcript: Remarks by Eric Cantor & John Boehner on the House CR to de-fund Obamacare | What The Folly?!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.