Today in Washington, the House voted on HJR 59, which would fund the government through December 15th, envisions a spending limit of 986.3 billion and directs that the government’s debts will continue to be paid once the debt ceiling is reached. Oh, and it defunds Obamacare as well. This is the 42nd time the House has voted against Obamacare. The resolution passed, 230-189, with one Republican voting no, and four not voting. Democrats had two yes votes, and ten not voting.
Debate on the bill was heated, with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling the continuing resolution a “Wolf in wolf’s clothing.” Marjority Leader Eric Cantor also took to the floor, claiming “The President’s health care law is turning our full time economy into a part time economy.” The only Georgia congressman I saw on C-SPAN during floor debate was John Lewis from the fifth district, who claimed “Republicans want to deny the people a chance to see a doctor.”
Now, the bill moves to the Senate, where Harry Reid has indicated he will strip the defunding of Obamacare from the CR. And, according to Byron York, Senate Republicans won’t be able to do much about it.
Democrats Jim Matheson of Utah and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina broke party lines to vote for the CR. Republican Scott Rigel of Virginia voted no. The Georgia delegation voted along party lines.