House Votes Yes on the Continuing Resolution that Defunds Obamacare

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.


  1. Jon Richards says:

    We’re starting to get reactions from some of the Georgia delegation. Here’s a statement from Tom Graves:

    Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after the House passed a government funding bill that included his Defund Obamacare Act (H.R. 2682), which would block funding for the health care law:

    “This vote was in response to the demands of my constituents in Georgia and families across America. House Republicans are united in our commitment to keeping the government open and protecting our constituents from the harmful effects of Obamacare. We even saw some Democrats join us today.

    “The headlines our nation woke up to this morning tell a devastating story. Major companies are dropping tens of thousands of part-time workers from health coverage, and it was reported that the government still cannot determine how much people will pay for coverage just ten days before Obamacare’s exchanges open. The president has already taken action to protect special interests and businesses from Obamacare, so why not sign a bill that protects everyone?

    “Now, senators must prepare for the most important vote of their careers. Will they listen to the American people, or will they impose Obamacare on a country that desperately wants relief from the law. Will the people of Arkansas be heard, or ignored? Will the people of North Carolina be stuck with fewer hours and jobs, or will the Senate act to protect them? Will part-time workers in Louisiana suffer, or be saved from Obamacare? Senate Democrats now have to choose whether to fight for their constituents or follow Harry Reid.”

    The Defund Obamacare Act was the first bill Rep. Graves introduced as a member of Congress in 2010. He reintroduced his bill in every Congress and again with Senator Ted Cruz in July 2013. Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner announced that Rep. Graves’ Defund Obamacare Act would be added to the continuing resolution to fund the government, and that bill passed today by a vote of 230-189.

  2. Jon Richards says:

    This from Doug Collins:

    “Today the House worked the will of the people who sent us to Washington stop this train wreck. Obamacare is such a burden on the American people that today’s vote should have been unanimous. Now, the Senate must act. Now, every United States Senator who listens to his or her constituents should stand up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and pass this CR.”

  3. Jon Richards says:

    Congressman Tom Price:

    Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06), vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, praised the passage of legislation to fund the government, as well as defund Obamacare, saying:

    “House Republicans have produced a common sense approach that would spare the American people the pain and economic damage of Obamacare, while keeping the federal government open.

    “It is fundamentally unfair for the Obama Administration to continue to overextend its executive power to pick and choose who must suffer under Obamacare. If the president’s health care law isn’t right for this administration’s allies, if the president has felt compelled to provide relief for big business, then there’s no reason the American people should have to face this train wreck. In fact, no one should be subject to a law that drastically increases health care costs, reduces access to coverage and health care choices, disincentivizes innovation, causes an exodus of doctors from the field of medicine, destroys jobs, stunts economic growth, compounds our nation’s debt and raises taxes by more than $1 trillion.

    “Today’s effort proves that there’s no interest in and no reason for shutting down the government. Instead, we are committed to doing the will of the people and protecting their health and economic well-being. The House has done its work. It is now time for members of the Senate from both sides of the aisle to heed the will of and work on behalf of the American people.”

  4. Jon Richards says:

    Phil Gingrey:

    “Obamacare is a trillion dollar disaster that a majority of Americans do not support. As promised, I joined House Republicans today in defunding the health care law and I will not vote for any legislation that funds the federal government’s takeover of our health care system by a single dime,” Gingrey said. “With 10 days until Obamacare exchanges go online, and scores of ‘glitches’ and missed deadlines, it’s painfully obvious that this ‘train wreck’ of a law isn’t ready for implementation. Obamacare is costing Americans jobs, increasing health care costs, and threatening patient access to quality care. We can’t afford to let it go on any longer. I call on Harry Reid and Senate Democrats to do the right thing by the American people—bring this to a vote in the Senate and defund this law once and for all.”

  5. Herb says:

    Pointless. This is, what, the 41st time they’ve tried to kill off millions of poor people by defunding/repealing(or whatever it is they’re calling it now) ObamaCare. Face it, Pugs, your dream of insurance companies continuing to put the squeeze and the hurt on the average American is effectively finished. Poor people and undocumented citizens in this great country will get their hard-earned health care at long last! My only qualm is that Obama failed to take advantage of Democrats controlling both chambers and put forward FREE health care and abortions, as well as the dissolution of the insurance companies, as his health care plan. We wouldn’t be hearing the lying hypocrites on the other side whining about “thousands of pages of regulations” and “not enough time to read the bill”(how is this any different from some of their own “finely crafted” pieces of legislation, aside from the current color of the President?).

    • seenbetrdayz says:

      ^^^ Perfect example of the rhetoric we’re going to hear if Obamacare is defunded.

      Seriously, GOP, strategically speaking, get out the way when democrats are in the process of shooting themselves in the foot.

        • benevolus says:

          Even if it’s not a train wreck many people will think it is because there is a widespread and well funded propaganda machine committed to that task.

              • saltycracker says:

                So what changed, coverage or subsidies ? Please name the company reducing rates. They’ll get a lot of new business.

                • benevolus says:

                  Slightly higher deductable, same coverage, 50% less premium than United Healthcare.
                  Kaiser was competitive with that too.

                  • saltycracker says:

                    United Healthcare raised their premiums and cut coverages in Ga merit systems……….my corporate coverage was changed from Humana back to Aetna with no deductible changes avoiding higher costs but I saved nothing.

                    A presentation has put us on notice that costs are increasing under Obamacare but how much next year is unknown.

                    • benevolus says:

                      It might go up a bit in Georgia. We’ll see how it plays out in other states where the insurance commissioners are actually trying to help consumers.

  6. Jon Richards says:

    From Congressman Rob Woodall:

    “I tell people all the time, ‘Get involved. American voters still run America.’ The House vote today to pass a continuing resolution with language attached that delays and defunds Obamacare and ensures the full faith and credit of the United States is a great example of exactly that. While we all share the goal of preventing the tremendous damage that Obamacare is doing to American families, the American economy, and the American practice of medicine, the path to achieve that goal can take many forms.

    Throughout August, the American people made their voice heard that the time to act is now, and the bill to act on is the Continuing Resolution. That vote happened today; I voted ‘yes’; and the American people’s voice was turned into legislation. No matter which side of this issue you are on, and no matter which path to victory you would have chosen, you should be encouraged that American voters are still in control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The debate and the fight now moves to the United States Senate. If you believe in our republic as I do, then you must now join me to ensure that American voters exert their control of the U.S. Senate, as well. One issue, one vote, and one voter at a time, we can ensure that America’s best days are still ahead.”

  7. Jon Richards says:

    From Lynn Westmoreland:

    “I have said time and again that I would only support a CR if it included language to defund ObamaCare. And thanks to the prodding by conservative members and the overwhelming support of the American people, the CR we passed today included language to both fund the government while defunding ObamaCare.

    “My vote today was not some abstract vote in opposition to ObamaCare. It was for the people of Georgia’s Third District who are already suffering under this law. People like Julie from Thomaston who is seeing her premium go up ten percent and her deductible more than double – from $1000 to $2500. And people like Tedra from Sharpsburg whose husband’s weekly health care contribution jumped from $18 per week to $150 per week. This is the real cost of this law and it has got to go.

    “Now I know there are some in the Senate who are threatening to strip out the defunding language, but I strongly urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the Senate to listen to the American people as the House did and to pass this continuing resolution without any amendments. The American people are sick and tired of the brinkmanship in Washington. Instead of threatening a government shutdown in order to keep the president’s unpopular health care law intact – even though the president himself has admitted it’s not ready to be enacted – the Senate needs to pass the CR we have sent to them as is as quickly as possible.”

  8. Jon Richards says:

    From Paul Broun:

    “I am pleased that my colleagues in the House were able to come together and put forward a bill that keeps the government running while at the same time protects Americans from the trainwreck that is Obamacare,” said Rep. Broun. “The American people have voiced their strong opposition to this terrible law, and today represents a victory for those who have demanded that government stop Obamacare before its October 1st start date. It is vital that the Senate pass this legislation, and that the American people continue to hold their feet to the fire until this law is defunded, and eventually repealed in full. We don’t have much time, but through the voice of ‘We the People,’ we can work to repeal Obamacare, and replace it with solutions, like my Patient OPTION Act, that will put Americans, not government, in charge of their healthcare decisions.”

  9. Jon Richards says:

    From Jack Kingston:

    “With every day, we get a new example of how Obamacare increases costs, takes away choices, and inserts the government more deeply into one of the most personal facets of our lives,” said Kingston. “This bill stops the train wreck before it causes any additional harm and preserves the budget cuts we have secured over the past year.”

  10. Three Jack says:

    2 positive signs of life from the GOP – yesterday’s passing of HR3102 then this today. The loyal opposition has spoken, now the senate will be forced to vote against their constituents. For once, the GOP does it right.

  11. Scott65 says:

    I think that there are several members of the GA delegation that need to take a good hard look at the 10 Commandments they are always pushing…that 9th one “Thou Shall Not Bare False Witness” seems to have been dropped from their lists. I’d hate to think they are destined to spend eternity on fire (said tongue in cheek)

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Note that bearing false witness overlooks delusion and ignorance, characteristics not uncommon in the base, and thus perhaps applicable to representation.

    • Ghost of William F Buckley says:

      Thanks, Scott, I sought a place for this wonderful Bible quote:

      Ephesians 4:29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.

      Let our words build a better future by being true and constructive.

    • Harry says:

      It’s a good strategy to fight rather than roll over. You never get anywhere by giving up. The real problem is that nobody has come up with a workable healthcare policy – not Obama nor those opposed to Obamacare. As John and a couple of others have said here, health care reform needs to start with cost reduction and reform, and this can only be accomplished by cutting the special interests off at the knees…doctors, insurance carriers, lawyers, pharmaceutical companies, unions, excessive regulations, etc. Right now about 20% of GDP goes to healthcare as contrasted with Europe at 12% or 13%. Under Obamacare the percentage rises to 24%+. This is another anchor (along with bad education) that causes us not to compete globally.

      • Ghost of William F Buckley says:

        No doubt, Fight, Fight, Fight.

        Germany, now EU top producer has a Centrist government, bent on stability and growth, whereas the US has extremists fighting.

        I know the Left is not right for me, and the Right is more right, than wrong. Can’t we just be smart about the FIGHT?

        • Harry says:

          Don’t believe the hype about Germany. Their purported economic growth over the last few years has been for the benefit of large banks and corporations, and the government; but paid for with falling real income per capita. Yes they’ve become more price competitive in the world market which increases employment, but that’s the only benefit. People are poorer. Merkel is in no way a conservative.

      • benevolus says:

        Workable healthcare policy is right there in front of us. Google “world’s best healthcare systems” and the answers are right there. Many of those countries are similar enough to ours to provide working, successful models. Not perfect mind you, but GOOD.

        But I suspect there is a whole cottage industry built around making sure we don’t find a workable solution. Many people making money off of the fight.

        • Harry says:

          Special interests have been getting fat off the status quo and Obamacare is just more. O-care is merely additional cost and paperwork for most folks, while it’s even highly questionable that the supposed beneficiaries will receive any additional support over what they get now. It’s an equalitarian dream to pull everyone down to the same level, that’s for sure, and socialism never works, not even in Europe if truth be told.

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