Momentum For Bill To Defund Obamacare Reaches Critical Mass In House

Defund Obamacare 9-16-13House 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.

21 comments

  1. Charlie says:

    Graves statement on this morning’s meeting:

    Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after House leadership announced that they will move forward with a continuing resolution that includes the Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 2682) that was introduced by Rep. Graves and Senator Ted Cruz in July:

    “I encourage every House Republican to support this bill because it achieves the two goals that unite us all: keeping the government open and protecting our constituents from the harmful effects of Obamacare. With the Defund Obamacare Act now inserted into the bill, we are making a genuine attempt to stop the law before it starts on October 1.

    “I thank the 79 cosponsors of the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution, and the 148 cosponsors of the Defund Obamacare Act, for raising their voices at critical times this year. I credit House leadership for listening to us and responding to the demands of the American people.

    “Now it’s up to Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats to explain why Obamacare is too dangerous for businesses, but still being enforced on families. They must explain why special interests get waivers and companies get delays, but the average American is still hit by Obamacare’s trainwreck of fines, mandates and confusion.”

    On July 11, 2013, Rep. Graves and Sen. Cruz introduced companion legislation to defund Obamacare.

    Specifically, the Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 deauthorizes future appropriations and rescinds prior appropriations that would implement any provision under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111–148) and the healthcare provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–152), while repealing any entitlements created by those acts.

  2. Charlie says:

    And for those wondering why the GOP thinks they can win this battle, this time?

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101042776

    “WASHINGTON — For four years, President Obama counted on fellow Democrats to rally to his side in a series of epic battles with Republicans over the direction of the country. But now, deep in his fifth year in office, Mr. Obama finds himself frustrated by members of his own party weary of his leadership and increasingly willing to defy him.

    “In recent weeks, disgruntled Democrats, particularly liberals, have bolted from the White House on issues like National Security Agency surveillance policies, a planned military strike on Syria and the potential choice of Lawrence H. Summers to lead the Federal Reserve. In private, they often sound exasperated describing Mr. Obama’s operation; in public, they are sometimes only a little more restrained.

    “They complain the White House has not consulted enough and failed to assert leadership. They say Mr. Obama has been too passive and ceded momentum to Republicans. Their grievances are sometimes contradictory; some grouse that he takes on causes he cannot win, while others say he does not fight hard enough for principled positions. The failure to enact tightened gun control laws and the Republican hold on immigration legislation have left liberals little to celebrate this year…”

    • David C says:

      So Republicans are counting on Democrats who defect from the President on the Left on unrelated issues joining their right wing efforts to eliminate the biggest expansion of the social safety net in a generation? BRILLIANT PLAN GUYS.

    • Well if the GOP thinks Democratic base discord with Obama will extend to joining with them to undo Obama (and many of these elected Democrats) signature healthcare achievement after decades of inaction on the issue, well then I guess medical marijuana was legalized nationwide and no one told me. But I guess everyone in the GOP House must have a prescription for back pain.

  3. KingRichard says:

    Great news I am all for an all the above strategy in stopping this bill. Defund, Delay, Divert, rewrite, undo. Warren Buffet says scrap it. Obama does not want it but he wants all of us to have it, Congress does not want it, their Staff does not want it, McDonalds does not want it, I can’t find anyone yet who is looking forward to this bill. AFLCIO does not want it, it is terrible.

    Cleveland Clinic undergoing serious cuts because of it – this is a problem this clinic is very modern and provides health care yet they are cutting lots of jobs…

    http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/314788/33/Cleveland-Clinic-layoffs-coming-as-part-of-cost-reductions

  4. xdog says:

    US Chamber of Commerce urges House gopers to grow the hell up.

    “It is not in the best interest of the U.S. business community or the American people to risk even a brief government shutdown. . .”

    “Likewise, the U.S. Chamber respectfully urges the House of Representatives to raise the debt ceiling in a timely manner and thus eliminate any question of threat to the full faith and credit of the United States government. ”

    http://www.uschamber.com/issues/letters/2013/hj-res-59-continuing-appropriations-resolution-2014

          • xdog says:

            I don’t think so. The ten percent of the House who don’t care if the US defaults on its debts do nothing but whine, dissemble, talk nonsense, lash out whenever they’re told they can’t get what they want. Sure sounds like childish behavior to me.

            • Harry says:

              The GOP is just trying to make it possible for little people to keep saving and investing on their own, and delay the onset of stagflation. Default or hyperinflation happens anyway – they either pay off the national debt by default or with paper inflation. When they live beyond their means there’s no other outcome.

                • xdog says:

                  I was being charitable when I called them childish. ‘Crazy’ might have been more accurate. Or do you have a better term to describe the eleventy-fourth effort to defund ACA? House gopers can’t believe the Senate would agree with them or that Obama would fail to veto. That would be crazy.

  5. saltycracker says:

    While the politicians/lobbyists strut their stuff the citizens and corporations are making the necessary adjustments at both ends of the spectrum – those claiming welfare inclusions are at record highs, healthcare providers are divvying up the territory, corporations are limiting the future price updraft and the tax code lives on. Lots of households in the 6 digit income/asset fold have a target on their backs.

    The Walgreens, Darden, etc. moves might be good today with employee choices, but holds no guarantees the contributions will increase with costs, thus the stock will go up.

    Walgreens Moves Employees to Private Health Exchange

    More than 160,000 Walgreen employees will get employer-sponsored health insurance coverage next year through a private health exchange that will enroll a total of 600,000 employees and their families from U.S. corporations.

    http://news.yahoo.com/walgreens-moves-employees-private-health-exchange-202406731–abc-news-money.html

    • Harry says:

      The sticker shock will happen when the costs of the uninsured and subsidies start to impact the system. But of course to pay for it they’ll just print more money, jack up more national debt and generate more stagflation. Many countries have attempted to print paper. Meanwhile a country with four times the US population, is preparing their currency to supplant the US dollar as the medium of international exchange.

      • saltycracker says:

        the U.S. is still the least dirty shirt in the pile. Don’t think the world is ready to trust China. Anyone think they have one gram of respect for intellectual property or protecting your money ?

        The US government may be a world joke but the economic resiliency is still respected. Absent a financial collapse it’ll just be a slow continuing widening of the income gap and public dissatisfaction. China is going to feel the wrath of the disenfranchised much sooner.

        • Harry says:

          China has huge problems for sure, but have more numbers, intelligence and hard work. It’s just a matter of time. As for intellectual property, we’ve gone way too far over to the other extreme.

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