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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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rfurlongg
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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Indeed. What a monumental waste of time.

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.

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adrianaevanmom
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:42 PM

what is funny, is everyone had the opportunity to get them out of there and start fresh in 2012 but no one did...

This is like the 6th threat of a government shutdown and eventually it WILL happen. If someone is a government employee, military, or anyone else who isn't protected during a shutdown should start to realize this. and soon.

Shutting down the government over this is ridiculous.

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:43 PM
Cool
Wasting more money. Shouldn't they be focusing on wasting money on the war on women?
-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 20, 2013 at 2:59 PM
The teaidiots have the gop bent over a log with baby powder
aimesnyc
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM

If it gets defunded, you do realize that there are repurcussions, right?  For example, millions of children that are insured through CHIP will be affected: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/gop-defund-chip_n_3955411.html

My son is covered by CHIP.  There are many other kids covered by CHIP.  We weren't made aware that it was initially even set to expire Oct 1st.  I do NOT want ACA to be defunded.  I am sure there are other parents that feel the same.

Quoting D-Town:

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.



RandRMomma
by Maya on Sep. 20, 2013 at 3:10 PM
For what? He hasn't done anything illegal.

Quoting weirdkids:

save everyone some money and impeach obama!!

D-Town
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM
The CHIP program was around before this bill.

Quoting aimesnyc:

If it gets defunded, you do realize that there are repurcussions,
right?  For example, millions of children that are insured through CHIP
will be affected: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/gop-defund-chip_n_3955411.html

My son is covered by CHIP.  There are many other kids covered by CHIP.  We weren't made aware that it was initially even set to expire Oct 1st.  I do NOT want ACA to be defunded.  I am sure there are other parents that feel the same.


Quoting D-Town:

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.




candlegal
by Judy on Sep. 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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yes, I don't think he ever should have been made Speaker.

Quoting MsDenuninani:

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.








aimesnyc
by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

I know.  My son is insured through CHIP.  What I am saying is that before ACA, it was set to expire Oct 1st (which I was unaware of, unfortunately).  ACA ("Obamacare") actually saved CHIP and was set to have it funded until at least 2015.  If ACA is defunded, then CHIP will be as well.  And who knows if they will decide to continue funding it or let it expire as originally planned?


Quoting D-Town:

The CHIP program was around before this bill.

Quoting aimesnyc:

If it gets defunded, you do realize that there are repurcussions,
right?  For example, millions of children that are insured through CHIP
will be affected: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/gop-defund-chip_n_3955411.html

My son is covered by CHIP.  There are many other kids covered by CHIP.  We weren't made aware that it was initially even set to expire Oct 1st.  I do NOT want ACA to be defunded.  I am sure there are other parents that feel the same.


Quoting D-Town:

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.






D-Town
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 4:20 PM
The ACA cut funding to Medicare and Medicaid. The CHIP program has less funding now than it did before it passed. It is impossible to expand or extend a program when you cut funding to it.

Quoting aimesnyc:

I know.  My son is insured through CHIP.  What I am saying is that before ACA, it was set to expire Oct 1st (which I was unaware of, unfortunately).  ACA ("Obamacare") actually saved CHIP and was set to have it funded until at least 2015.  If ACA is defunded, then CHIP will be as well.  And who knows if they will decide to continue funding it or let it expire as originally planned?



Quoting D-Town:

The CHIP program was around before this bill.



Quoting aimesnyc:

If it gets defunded, you do realize that there are repurcussions,

right?  For example, millions of children that are insured through CHIP

will be affected: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/gop-defund-chip_n_3955411.html

My son is covered by CHIP.  There are many other kids covered by CHIP.  We weren't made aware that it was initially even set to expire Oct 1st.  I do NOT want ACA to be defunded.  I am sure there are other parents that feel the same.



Quoting D-Town:

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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