Skip to comments.House Republican Leader: CR Will Permit Funding of Obamacare
Posted on 03/16/2011 4:13:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
(CNSNews.com) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said on Monday that the new continuing resolution (CR) the House will consider this week to keep the federal government funded will permit the Obama administration to spend money on the implementation of Obamacare.
Last Thursday, Reps. Steve King (R.-Iowa) and Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.) sent a letter to Cantor, House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers asking them to include language in any future CR that would prohibit the administration from spending any money to implement Obamacare. King and Bachmann vowed not to vote for any CR that permitted funding of Obamacare and called on other House members to take the same pledge.
The language that King and Bachmann are calling for would not only prohibit normal appropriations from funding Obamacare but would also prohibit the administration from carrying out $105.5 billion in spending that, according to the Congressional Research Service, was built into the Obamacare legislation in such a way that it will be automatically spent unless Congress affirmatively prohibits the administration from spending it.
At his Capitol Hill press briefing today, CNSNews.com asked Majority Leader Cantor: Are you or are you not going to use this CR to cut off that $105.5 billion in Obamacare funding? Representatives Steve King and Michele Bachmann have said that they want you to do that, sent a letter saying please use the CR as an opportunity to cut off that funding. Are you going to do that?
Cantor said: What weve said earlier is that we are operating consistent with House rules, which in this CR means [limiting the bill to] discretionary funding for this year. What Ive also said here is that we are in another temporary stop-gap mode and the intention is for this year--and going forward to next year--we intend to starve the agencies of the funding to implement the full force and effect of the Obamacare bill.
When asked earlier by another reporter about the health care spending, Cantor had said, We are fully committed to making sure that Obamacare is not implemented.
Theres a lot of discussion about $105 billion that was put into the Obamacare bill and lets look at the record here, he said. We have passed in the first bill here a repeal of Obamacare.
We did it again when it came to H.R. 1 because we put a limiting amendment in there saying no funds will be used to implement Obamacare and our committees are going about marking up the bills which will repeal the mandatory slush funds in that bill, he said.
We are also committed to starving the agencies of funding necessary to implement that bill, said Cantor. Our intention is to make sure that we starve the agencies of the money that they need to do so.
The language amended into the initial CR that the House approved last month--but the Senate did not--would not have touched the $105.5 billion in automatic spending built into the Obamacare legislation. $4.95 billion of that $105.5 billion spending is scheduled to take place in this fiscal year.
When asked about opposition to the short-term CR from some conservatives who want to use the bill to defund things such as Obamacare and organizations like Planned Parenthood, Cantor said there were many policy issues he would like to deal with but that Congress needed to work out a spending plan for the remainder of the fiscal year first.
There are a lot of other issues that our members want to address in the spending prescription for the [current] fiscal year, he said. Were hopeful that we can come to a resolution with some of those whether it has to do with taxpayer-funding of abortion or else-wise we want to get this thing done.
Were saying lets clean up this [spending] mess now, lets get it off the table, he said. Thats why youre seeing frustration around this--yet again--another stop-gap measure.
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), appearing with Cantor at the briefing, said that the Energy and Commerce Committee and other committees would be going after the funding for ObamaCare, stating it was a matter of process.
You have Energy and Commerce last week holding hearings [and] youre going to be seeing many committees having hearings and going after this money--a lot of its the [legislative] process, he said.
King and Bachmann want the Republican leadership to defund Obamacare in the CR because it is a bill the Senate and President Obama must eventually approve. If the House approves a CR that defunds Obamacare, and the Democratic majority Senate and President Obama oppose that CR, they would need to be willing to shut down the government to prevent it from becoming law.
While some have argued that our defunding efforts in the CR should be limited only to those annual funds provided by the CR, we disagree, King and Bachmann wrote in their letter to the Republican leaders. If we do not stand our ground on the CR, leverage it as the must pass bill that it is, and use it to stop the $105.5 billion in automatically appropriated funds, Obamacare will be implemented on our watch. We will also have conceded a significant amount of ground on this issue and will find it difficult, if not impossible, to regain the strategic advantage in future legislative vehicles.
We have to write my language into the CR and take a stand, King told CNSNews.com in an interview last week. Stare the president in the eye and say: Mr. President, we are going to make sure that this government has the resources to function, but were also are going to make sure that there are no resources to implement or carry out the provisions of Obamacare, and if you should choose to shutdown the government in order to preserve socialized medicine that has your name on it, that is your choice not ours, but we are not going to allow that unconstitutional bill to be enacted on deceptive funding on our watch.
The continuing resolution, which likely will be voted on this Wednesday, would fund the government for three weeks starting on March 19, and would cut $6 billion in federal spending.
I think their logic is, with only 4.95B in automatic appropriations in FY 2011, how far will 0b0z0 get with Obamaocare? Let’s take care of other business first, etc., etc.
Republicans=Epic Fail....Need New Party
Either the program is Constitutional or its not... Make a decision and spend the peoples money accordingly. If the Republicans in Congress believe that Commiecare is Constitutional then let them fund it and explain it to the voters, if they don’t believe its Constitutional then they should not fund it one nickle and demand that the SCOTUS take up this case as a matter of utmost priority.... Simple House Bill that says it is a sense of this body that Obamacare is Unconstitutional law, therefore we will not appropriate any funds toward implementation of this law until it is deemed constitutional by the SCOTUS.
Ernest Istook of Heritage says they got $23 billion already
for Obamacare. we don’t know how much they
But that’s a lot of walking around money for Kathleen Sebelius
an unelected HHS secretary.
Cowards, liars and thieves = Cantor and McCarthy
They must be Democrat Spies.
They get to Washington with all sorts of promises and alternative plans, and then, as soon as the office furniture has been arranged, they become establishment d1cks, just like everyone else - voters be damn3d.
Committed and having intentions??? News flash for GOP elites: The Dems are more committed than you are and have no intentions of every negotiating with you chumps. GOP is stuck on stupid.
By then it will be too late. NOW is the time to fight. Or just run up the white flag laike a bunch of pussys.
These people just don't seem to get it or are dramatically underestimating the force of the Tea Party.
“Cowards, liars and thieves = Cantor and McCarthy”
I’ve called Boehner and Cantor but not McCarthy yet. That’s on my ‘to do’ list first thing tomorrow morning. He probably won’t like what I have to say. :)
Looks like more of those RINOs need replacement.
“These people just don’t seem to get it or are dramatically underestimating the force of the Tea Party. “
I’d like to see something organized by the Tea Party quickly. Time to demonstrate the Force again in DC. These people think the Tea Party has lost interest. We must show them otherwise.
Cantor appears to be talking out both sides of mouth....
They really Suck! I bet a Tea Party can win in 12. We should dump these chumps.
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING??? They were elected to STOP THIS!
That had better be the last continuing resolution. I am really disappointed in the leadership of the Republican Party. These clowns are playing with fire. They ran on a platform in the last election and they better well adhere to it.
“matter of process” These RINO’s are so full of BS, if it weren’t serious it would be laughable. Nancy sure wasn’t worried about “process” when she “deemed it passed”. These Republican A**holes will sell this country down the drain for political contributions, just like the Democrats.
Read it and weep. Our representatives think we are all absorbed in the Japan news and will only wake up to this after it's too late and when they'll have plenty of other devastating news that will flood out our memories!!!
We're either going to fight harder to dominate the Republican Party or start a new one which means doing it the hard way!!!
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