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House passes spending bill to defund Obamacare

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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.

by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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MsDenuninani
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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This is about 2014.

There are four democratic senators from red states up for re-election in 2014.  Essentially, they want to tie an Obamacare-shaped noose around their necks; force them to either vote to defund it, or not vote and have to defend it in what will be a very tough election for them.  

Just might work, too.

radioheid
by Libertarian on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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 2-party system = nothing gets done while both sides point fingers at each other. I don't feel that a bunch of fools who almost invariably vote along the agenda of one of two parties constitute fair representation. This duopoly needs to GO.


"Roger that. Over."

R   A   D    I    O    H    E    I    D

weirdkids
by Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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save everyone some money and impeach obama!!

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM
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Prohibition was once law too, among other things. Just because it is a law doesn't mean it is a good law or can't be changed or repealed.

Quoting lga1965:

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.

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Healthystart30
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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Quoting weirdkids:

save everyone some money and impeach obama!!




Impeach him for what? The republicans are not any better at all!
We need to get rid of them all legally through voting! Good bye republicans and democrats! They are not doing their jobs, only sitting there and arguing because they know that they will get paid for the rest of their lives no matter how much they screw us over!
And while they sit there and argue they are lining their pockets and making sure to be friends with big corporations so a job is lined up for them when they get out!
Most of them are rotten! On both sides! I wouldn't be surprised if they met once a month to think of dumb things to argue about to throw us of while they rob this country from the inside!
candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

We can always hope.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

This is about 2014.

There are four democratic senators from red states up for re-election in 2014.  Essentially, they want to tie an Obamacare-shaped noose around their necks; force them to either vote to defund it, or not vote and have to defend it in what will be a very tough election for them.  

Just might work, too.


MsDenuninani
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

 It springs eternal, doesn't it?


Quoting candlegal:

We can always hope.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

This is about 2014.

There are four democratic senators from red states up for re-election in 2014.  Essentially, they want to tie an Obamacare-shaped noose around their necks; force them to either vote to defund it, or not vote and have to defend it in what will be a very tough election for them.  

Just might work, too.



 

candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:15 PM
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I honestly don't think it will work.   We have too many wimpy republicans that are going to cave.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

 It springs eternal, doesn't it?


Quoting candlegal:

We can always hope.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

This is about 2014.

There are four democratic senators from red states up for re-election in 2014.  Essentially, they want to tie an Obamacare-shaped noose around their necks; force them to either vote to defund it, or not vote and have to defend it in what will be a very tough election for them.  

Just might work, too.





MsDenuninani
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Including Boehner?  


Quoting candlegal:

I honestly don't think it will work.   We have too many wimpy republicans that are going to cave.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

 It springs eternal, doesn't it?

 

Quoting candlegal:

We can always hope.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

This is about 2014.

There are four democratic senators from red states up for re-election in 2014.  Essentially, they want to tie an Obamacare-shaped noose around their necks; force them to either vote to defund it, or not vote and have to defend it in what will be a very tough election for them.  

Just might work, too.


 

 



 

D-Town
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM
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It isn't very often I agree with the Republican Party but I think they are spot on in this. The Dena want to raise taxes and increase spending. We will never pull ahead with that philosophy. We need to cut some government spending with all these tax increases that have been passed. It only makes sense to defund the programs that aren't working as planned and the general populace doesn't want.
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