House GOP Passes Bill to Avert Shutdown and Delay Obamacare

With Senate opposed, shutdown on Tuesday is more likely

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) talks to reporters as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 28, 2013.

House Republicans voted early Sunday morning (231–192) to continue funding the government in exchange for delaying President Barack Obama’s health care law — a plan that will meet resistance in the Democratic Senate and brings the country one step closer to a likely government shutdown.

The plan revealed by Republicans on Saturday funds the government through Dec. 15 at current spending levels and will delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year, while also repealing the tax on medical devices that helps fund the law. Republicans also unanimously passed a stand-alone bill allowing military payments to proceed in case of a shutdown when government funding is set to expire Tuesday.

Earlier on Saturday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement threatening to veto the House bill, claiming that House Republicans are moving to shut down the government. “Congress has two jobs to do: pass budgets and pay the bills it has racked up. Republicans in Congress had the opportunity to pass a routine, simple continuing resolution that keeps the government running for a few more weeks. But instead, Republicans decided they would rather make an ideological point by demanding the sabotage of the health care law.”

Shortly thereafter the Obama administration issued a formal veto threat, urging the House to pass the Senate’s version of the bill. “Rather than taking up [the Senate] legislation, the House proposes amendments that advance a narrow ideological agenda and threaten the Nation’s economy. By including extraneous measures that have no place in a government funding bill and that the President and Senate already made clear are unacceptable, House Republicans are pushing the Government toward shutdown.”

Before the bill was brought to the House floor, Republicans seemed to reject the notion that a government shutdown would be their fault, or that there would be any political consequences.

“I’m just going to say, ‘hold the line,’” Iowa Rep. Steve King told TIME before the House GOP unveiled the proposal at a conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Saturday. “They’re afraid of a political penalty — history doesn’t show that.”

When asked if he was worried about a government shutdown, King said: “If we don’t do the right thing it’ll result in the implementation of Obamacare, that’s my fear.”

Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton, who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, shot back when asked whether the plan would hurt him in his Senate race.

“We’re not shutting the government down,” he said. “We are fully funding the government. We’re simply stopping Obamacare to go into effect for one year — and it’s clearly not ready to go into effect.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said that party leadership didn’t need to whip the bill, and that he didn’t see anyone stand up against the proposal in the conference meeting.

But Obama reiterated his stance on Friday that the health care law is not on the table. Senate Democratic leadership has repeatedly said that Obamacare is the law and not a negotiating point, but they left open the possibility of a one-week extension to fund the government to continue deliberations. That idea was not raised in the conference meeting, Nunes said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the White House on Thursday opposed efforts to eliminate a 2.3% tax on medical devices that helps fund Obamacare. Earlier this year, the Senate voted 79–20 on a non-binding resolution to repeal the measure.

The vote Saturday was the 43rd time the House has voted to repeal or otherwise undermine Obamacare.

277 comments
MementoMori
MementoMori

 Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor in an Attempt to Avoid War

(The headline if TIME.com existed in 1941)

sacredh
sacredh

Well, I'm off to work and I should get my notice this morning or afternoon. I'll still be working, half of the crew...not.

BishopCharlesW.Trimm
BishopCharlesW.Trimm

Amazing That this would take place. What I saw this week and how the law makers had no problem funding the Military to continue our interest abroad. But Absolutely refuse to fund a bill that will help provide the basic care to it's own citizens. What an indictment. http://www.obamacare911.blogspot.com  

lawbiggs
lawbiggs

The phrasing of this headline implies that the House is averting a shout down, when in fact they are blackmailing the Administration to try get ObamaCares defunded or delayed when they lost the legislative fight, the judicial fight and the 2012 election.  This is nothing short of extortion.  The headline is very misleading and very forgiving of their real intent.

Percy
Percy

If you don't agree with the expedition of this plan, and the idea of living in a joint society where each makes a contribution knowing the day will come when it will be needed, be sure to send back your social security check at an elderly age. We wouldn't want to have you contributed to a socialistic program with no redeeming value.

If there were any, any tiny bit of cooperation, a negotiation intended to improve life for Americans, to decide to use this as an opportunity to show exemplary courage and integrity, this wouldn't be an issue. Americans would have already had health insurance, the country wouldn't be as divided as it since the Civil War, we wouldn't look foolish in front of the world and the looming threat of a government shut down wouldn't be headlines putting us all at risk of another recession. Vote them out, start over.

nodesnetwork
nodesnetwork

Seems to me that the entire health care debate has been based on a false premise, that INSURANCE is the issue.  No, EQUALITY is the issue.  Why should some people receive more health care than others?  They shouldn't.   Everyone should receive the SAME health care.

sacredh
sacredh

All of this talk about a government shutdown is just a smokescreen to cover up the white genocide going on right now. White people are losing their culture because of forced diversity. Where are the mullets? Where is disco? Where are the polyester leisure suits? Wake Up America!

fitty_three
fitty_three

Sloppy but YAAAAAH! Hawks 23, Texans 20. Texans played hard and damn if they don't have the best running game I've seen for a while.

You can send us some baggers as ballast for our ships.

Thank you.

jmac
jmac

"Well I think the election changes that. It's pretty clear that the President was reelected. Obamacare is the law of the land."

   --- Speaker John Boehner, in an interview on November 8, 2012, on whether he would still try to repeal President Obama's health care law.   

That was before Cruz beat him up with a wet noodle.

jedinight
jedinight

Tea party member don’t know anything they think by yelling and beating their chest they right, that might of work during the caveman years but not today; they also like to scare people instead of giving them facts for example

Ronald Reagan required 17 debt limit hikes as he tripled the national debt during his eight years in the White House. President Bush needed 7 more, as he nearly doubled the Treasury's red ink from 2001 to 2009(remember he inherit a surplus). And as it turns out in May of 2003, the GOP was not only willing to raise the debt ceiling in the absence of debt reduction measures, but it did so on the same evening that it blew a brand new hole in the federal budget by approving a giant tax cut for the wealthy (Again Republicans basically always give tax break to those whom don’t need it; without paying for it)

fitty_three
fitty_three

"A House Defiant" - 72 Pt Ariel Bold at CNN.com this morning

"Put Up Or Shut Down" - 72 Pt Ariel Bold at CNN.com this afternoon

I'm getting a little fed up with the Chuck Todd School of Journalism. Since when is denying people healthcare a heroic act?

Payingattention
Payingattention

The very same people who are now claiming Obama care will be an unmitigated disaster are the same people who only a  few years ago claimed the war in Iraq would be a cake walk that would pay for itself.  This supposed "end of America" will have a direct effect on approximately 7% of the population. 

I can't help but believe their opposition to Obama care is really not about whether the generally less fortunate have health insurance, but is mainly about having people continue to believe the Republican myth that government is your enemy.  This is at the heart of their message since Nixon initiated his "southern strategy".  For Republicans, a new government program that provides meaningful services and makes the lives of people better will drive a stake through the heart of their message.  Just as Social Security brought about a multi generational liberal era, Republicans fear Obama care is poised to do the same. Having that 7% more inclined to vote Democratic far outways (in Republican minds) the benefits these people will experience having health care coverage.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Why should anyone believe the claim that Obamacare is going to be a disaster? Are the people who claim this the same ones that claim that they sky fell last week and the week before?  Are they the same ones who shout out excerpts from the Russian Constitution and then call us commies? The same ones that hang on to Breitbart, Hannity's and Rush's every word?

If so, then maybe the people who rely on them for "news" should consider the credibility of their sources.

PrestonNickolasAlexander
PrestonNickolasAlexander

To be very clear about it --- I do not dislike Republicans; they are as American as anybody else. What I dislike, however, is the tactic that a minority of Republicans are employing in their attempt to enact change. There's a strong element of spitefulness and mean-spiritedness surrounding their approach that annoys me. If they truly cared about doing what is right for the American public, they would offer positive alternatives that would then be considered, debated on merit and voted upon for a decision.

Instead, what I am continually seeing from that small subset of Republicans is a preference for attack in order to gain leverage. This approach will surely backfire and there will be no winners whatsoever.

I'm puzzled as to why Speaker Boehner would allow this to happen on his watch. My guess is that his office of speakership would not survive if he did not go along with the vocal minority. A sad day when politics trumps doing what's right.

bobcn
bobcn

"House GOP Passes Bill to Avert Shutdown and Delay Obamacare"

This may be the most obtuse title I've ever seen on Swampland.  An honest description of what the House did would be: House Passes Bill to Delay Obamacare and Guarantee Shutdown.

There's no 'Averting Shutdown' in what the House did, and everyone knows it.  The article acknowledges this.  So why the title?

LadeeDianeCampbell
LadeeDianeCampbell

I think its sad tyhat liberals/democrats have to be childish and ignorant and refuse to admit that OBAMACARE is going to ruin America....more than he has already ruined the US. Its a game of democrats vs republicans and who wins. Nobody wins with Obamacare dont u morons get it? Stop being ignorant childish morons and face the facts and admit it.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@lawbiggs 

Thank Chuck Todd and Russert for setting us up for this kind of "journalism". I can't find any news source that is actually portraying the way it really is.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

[tombstone inscription]

"Here lies the sticky remains of Ted Cruz, who was fapped to death by a 'firing squad'. May he forever rest in piss"

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

New meaning leant to "Taking the dog for a walk", too.

Thanks for a shot of off topic humor. 

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

I take it that as long as it's not pointed at anyone, it's fine, then.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@sacredh 

I need a box of ammo and plenty of mirrors.

I've decided that I have no choice but to take back America singlehandedly.

jmac
jmac

@sacredh  The Real World!     A token black every 10,000th commercial,  Liberace merely flamboyant;  women knew their place.

I loved it when I joined a progressive book club three years ago and we weren't allowed to bring any "Betty Crocker crap." 

anon76
anon76

@fitty_three 

52-20, Donkeys.  They had to punt twice, and didn't get any points after reaching the Philly 33 in the final 2 minutes of the first half.  I guess I'll take it, but come on Denver, let's play a little better next week.

sacredh
sacredh

From the article:

"Still, it was a rare awkward moment for Cruz, a fiery public speaker being celebrated in national conservative circles."

BS. Cruz has more awkward moments than a naked man at a Purity Ball.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Here's Al-Jazeera, no slant:

"House votes to delay health care law, pushing US closer to shutdown"

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

With all the posturing about how the ACA will fail, the Republican fear is that it will be exceedingly successful and popular and show them to be the hypocrites and liars that they are.  If they really thought it will fail, they would shut their mouths and let it.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@Payingattention  Republicans are not a governing party. They are a relentlessly anti-government party (at least when they don't control it). It's the very definition of a traitor to the republic.

jmac
jmac

@PrestonNickolasAlexander  Republicans that don't go along with the far right know that they will lose their jobs.  Even Senators are now at risk.   Cruz beat a very likable traditional Republican here in Texas.  Now Cruz is hammering our other Republican Senator.    Senator Mike Lee from Utah took out a very very conservative Senator - he wasn't conservative enough.    Rand Paul also beat a very likable moderate Republican.  It's scary.   The party has got to split for the sake of America.  

allthingsinaname
allthingsinaname

@bobcn 

Or as CBS would have it.

" The message from both parties: The other side's demands are unreasonable, and they will consequently shoulder the blame if the government shuts down."

Some real critical thinking going on at CBS

jmac
jmac

@bobcn Sometimes you have to wonder if these reporters don't realize they live in this country.  Their voice is important in delivering the message.  

jmac
jmac

@LadeeDianeCampbell  The Republican health care exchange isn 't going to ruin America.   We heard that with Social Security.  Reagan thought it was a communist socialist plot.  It's one of our most successful programs and it can easily be tweaked (again for the 34th time) to include a higher cap.  

Republicans - the party of fear mongering.  

bobcn
bobcn

@LadeeDianeCampbell

"I think its sad tyhat liberals/democrats have to be childish and ignorant and refuse to admit that OBAMACARE is going to ruin America."

Here in California, where the state is actively cooperating with the Feds to set up good insurance exchanges, we're already seeing substantial health insurance price reductions.  So, bring on ObamaCare.  It's working.  It's already much better than what we had before (when costs were escalating an a ruinous rate).

"Stop being ignorant childish morons"

I'll leave it to reasonable people to decide who is acting like a moron here.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@allthingsinaname 

Not often that a Texas rag is more informative than CNN, even it if is still slanting it.

I'm really getting fed up, not that it's going to do any good.  One of these days, I hope there is a public backlash about the press's failure to describe things as they are and seek the truth.

The Seattle PI at least, didn't present things one way or another in my post above. Maybe I need to look to them a bit more.  BBC seems to parrot CNN and the other major players here.

allthingsinaname
allthingsinaname

@fitty_three @allthingsinaname  

Here is the problem as I see it. The print media is already hurting. The internet revenue is driven by how many hits it gets. If one wants any news we must give these jerks hits.

It is pathetic but we have to know what is being published.