House leaders emerged from a caucus meeting this morning determined to move forward with a Continuing Resolution that defunds “Obamacare” for the next fiscal year. The Hill reports:
The House measure would keep the government funded through Dec. 15 at the current $986 billion spending rate, rather then the lower $967 billion level called for in the 2011 Budget Control Act.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise (R-La.) said he was on board with the plan despite the higher spending level.
“This reflects the principles we’ve been pushing for,” he said. “We want to address ObamaCare directly in the CR. We want to address ObamaCare in the debt ceiling and this keeps both of those moving.”
The momentum has been building within the House GOP caucus for some time. The picture above is from a press event in Cobb County on Monday with Congressmen Westmoreland, Graves, and Price being interviewed by WXIA’s Jeff Hullinger. The symbolism of the three speaking as one should not be lost. Each brings a solid conservative voting record and background to the table, but each has also taken a slightly different approach to moving the cause of limited government forward.
The unity also now extends to those running for U.S. Senate., with Jack Kingston this week joining Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun supporting a similar measure.
House leadership has been reluctant to fight this battle, but now sees polling data that demonstrates that if the focus is on delaying implementation of a bill that is already collapsing under it’s own weight and not picking other spending battles, they can keep the public on their side. In addition, they are tired of being called RINO’s by a small number within their own caucus while suffering the “grandstanding” of certain GOP Senators who are part of a body that doesn’t seem to do much of the heavy lifting when it comes to passing conservative legislation.
In short, the House GOP is going to move forward with its plan. They’ll be happy to leave the ball in the Senate’s court.
Your move Ted Cruz.