House Republicans pass bill to de-fund Obamacare, setting up showdown on budget & debt limit
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.
“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.”
- WhatTheFolly.com: List of 228 House Republicans who voted for the CR to de-fund Obamacare
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Remarks by Eric Cantor & John Boehner on the House CR to de-fund Obamacare
- WhiteHouse.gov: WEEKLY ADDRESS: Congress Must Act Now to Pass a Budget and Raise the Debt Ceiling – Sept. 21, 2013
- WhiteHouse.gov: Remarks by the President on the Economy — Kansas City, MO on Sept. 20, 2013
- thomas.loc.gov: H.J. Res. 59 Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2014
- clerk.house.gov: Final vote results for roll call #478 on H.J. Res. 59
- WhatTheFolly.com: House Republicans threaten shutdown of federal government unless Obamacare is de-funded
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: House GOP announces continuing resolution will lock in sequester cuts & de-fund Obamacare
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Remarks by President Barack Obama on the 5-year anniversary of the financial crisis
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s speech at the Economic Club of Washington
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Remarks by CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf on the 2013 long-term U.S. budget outlook
- WhatTheFolly.com: U.S. debt ceiling timeline 2011