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House GOP Votes to Defund Obamacare

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

This past Friday, the Republican-led House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare. Unsurprisingly, the GOP plan was approved in an almost strictly party line vote.

So what’s next? The measure will now go to the Democratic-led Senate, which is certain to reject the provision that defunds President Obama’s signature legislative achievement of his first term.

Here are more details from CNN:

In legislative jargon, the House passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded for the first 11 weeks of the fiscal year that begins October 1. Without some kind of spending measure by then, parts of the government would have to curtail services or shut down.

The controversy involves the provision demanded by the GOP’s conservative wing and agreed to by Boehner that eliminates all funding for the 2010 health care reforms popularly known as Obamacare.

Approval by the House set in motion a Capitol Hill showdown that will continue through October, when the nation’s debt ceiling must be increased so the government can pay all its bills.

The two-stage process includes the possible government shutdown at the end of the current fiscal year on September 30 if there is no compromise on a spending resolution, followed by a potentially even more rancorous debate over raising the debt ceiling.

See also: House passes GOP spending plan that defunds Obamacare (Washington Post)

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