House Throws Down Glove, Passes Budget Bill Defunding Obamacare

The House voted Friday 230-189 in favor of the budget stopgap intended to avoid a government shutdown

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Speaker of the House John Boehner is cheered as Republican members of the House of Representatives rally after passing a bill that would prevent a government shutdown, while crippling the health care law that was the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama's first term, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2013.

The Republican-led House passed a budget measure that would effectively eliminate President Barack Obama’s signature health care laws—but that faces near certain defeat in the Senate.

The House voted Friday 230-189 in favor of the budget stopgap intended to avoid a government shutdown. But the bill now moves to the Democratic-led Senate that is largely expected to remove the health care “defund” provision from the bill and send it back for a new House vote, the Associated Press reports.

The White House has promised to veto the measure in the unlikely case that the bill is passed by the Senate as is.

The House bill is the latest political maneuver in the showdown over a potential government shutdown that would occur when the budget year ends on Sept. 30.



As a Moderate/Independent, I've had about as much as I can stand of these right wing wacko's. Why?Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert EinsteinHow many times do they NEED to waste our tax dollars doing, well, insanity? When the bill gets to the Senate it's over,done, kaput, finished and yet the right wing doesn't get it. PATHETIC.Glove/Gauntlet? Not.Throw down the gauntlet:to invite someone to argue, fight, or compete with you.The Senate and Obama will only laugh at you while the MAJORITY of america will only despise you more, if that's even possible.Insane republicans....


The GOP are masters of legislative masturbation, a practice best done in private.