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Boehner: House Will Fund Obamacare in CR; Won't Risk 'Shutting Down the Government'
CNS News ^ | 3/14/2013 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 03/16/2013 4:28:50 AM PDT by IbJensen

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he would not include language to defund Obamacare in the continuing resolution bill when it returns to the House, stating, “our goal” is “not to shut down the government.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) offered an amendment to the Senate version of the CR that would have defunded Obamacare. However, the Senate is controlled by Democrats and, on Wednesday, Cruz's amendment failed.

Cruz pointed out, however, that if the Senate CR differs at all from the one passed previously by the House, the House would have another chance to vote on it, and could amend it then to defund Obamacare.

Under the Constitution, the Executive Branch cannot spend any money from the Treasury unless it is appropriated by a law passed by Congress. The government is now spending money under a CR that expires on March 27. For the government to spend money after that date, Congress needs to pass a new CR appropriating the money. If that CR prohibits the administration from spending money to implement Obamacare, President Obama cannot spend money implementing Obamacare.

Were the House to pass a CR prohibiting funding of Obamacare the only way the president or Democrat-controlled Senate could get money to implement Obamacare would be to refuse to pass the CR and thus shut down government funding for everything else until the Republican House relented and agreed to fund Obamacare.

If the House refused to fund Obamacare, it could not be implemented.

During his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Boehner if he agreed with Cruz's suggestion that the Republican House should put language in the CR defunding Obamacare when the Senate version of the CR comes back to the House.

“We have voted many times over the last 2 years that we've been in the majority to defund Obamacare, to repeal Obamacare, and we will do so again here in the House in the coming months," Boehner said. "Our goal here is to cut spending.”

“It’s not to shut down the government,” he said.

“I believe that trying to put Obamacare on this vehicle risks shutting down the government,” Boehner said. “That’s not what our goal is. Our goal here is to reduce spending.”

House Republicans have symbolically voted to repeal Obamacare more than 30 times in legislation that did not need to pass. However, every time they have enacted legislation that must-pass to keep the government funded, they have declined to include language that would repeal all or any part of Obamacare or that would withhold funding for all or any part of Obamacare.

The initial $982-billion version of the CR to fund the government after March 27, which passed the House last week, included funding to implement Obamacare. The CR is now being deliberated in the Senate, and if it is amended, will return to the House.

On Wednesday, Sen. Cruz introduced an amendment to the CR that would have delayed funding for Obamacare until economic growth returns to historic averages. The amendment failed in the Senate, 45-52.

Though he did not expect the amendment to pass, Cruz said it was important to stand on “principle,” and urged Republicans in the House to do the same.

“I think it’s the right position for Republicans to be taking,” Cruz told CNSNews.com on Wednesday. “And I think it would be exactly the right decision to then send it back to Harry Reid and President Obama and ask if Harry Reid and President Obama are willing to try to shut the government down in order to insist that Obamacare be fully funded now, even though it could well push us into a recession.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: boehner; boneheadboehner; defundobamacare; dumpboehner; fireboehner; obozocare; rino
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Republican party: either throw Boehner out,defund obamacare or we will throw all of you out in the next election! hit thumbs up if you agree.
1 posted on 03/16/2013 4:28:51 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

Sure hope he didn’t shed any tears when he made this assertion. Do what the people want. Throw em all out. Have another cigarette Johnny.


2 posted on 03/16/2013 4:33:25 AM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: IbJensen
Why wait for another crooked election

They will never relinquish power unless forced.

3 posted on 03/16/2013 4:36:07 AM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: IbJensen

Boy o boy, that Bonehead is a real fighter, ain’t he?


4 posted on 03/16/2013 4:37:36 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: IbJensen

Johnny is going to hold out until he gets his own food taster.


5 posted on 03/16/2013 4:42:25 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: SERE_DOC

Well, where would you have us form up?


6 posted on 03/16/2013 4:44:26 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen

Boehner has always been for ObamaCARE,
like Romney who created it.

The GOP and GOPe are now as evil as the DNC.


7 posted on 03/16/2013 4:47:20 AM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: IbJensen

Fact is that the GOP wants ObamaCare as much as the. Dems do...and the GOP plans to extend it to Illegal Aliens when Amnesty is passed.

Real Conservatives have realized this fact.


8 posted on 03/16/2013 4:51:01 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: IbJensen

Thumbs up. Deep Six the MF’rs.


9 posted on 03/16/2013 5:00:19 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: IbJensen

What Boehner is rally saying is that he would rather bankrupt us in the future than shut down the Government now.


10 posted on 03/16/2013 5:02:19 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: IbJensen

Has Boner come out for Gay “marriage” yet like his homie Rob Portman?


11 posted on 03/16/2013 5:02:57 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: IbJensen

FUJB and your kin.


12 posted on 03/16/2013 5:04:58 AM PDT by BOOHA
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To: IbJensen
we should at least begin to call him John UPOS Boehner

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13 posted on 03/16/2013 5:06:21 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: BOOHA

Hey hey, ho ho
John Boehner
has to go!


14 posted on 03/16/2013 5:06:39 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: IbJensen

I heard him say this yesterday and nearly wrecked! That fool needs to be replaced. Bring in Allen West!


15 posted on 03/16/2013 5:07:44 AM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: IbJensen

Republicans had their chance to get rid of Boehner, they didn’t take it. They will not defund Obamacare, surrender monkey Boehner says “it’s the law of the land”. The Republican candidate had the original Obamacare plan and only wanted to “repeal and replace” it.

And Republicans deserve support why??????

Throw them out!


16 posted on 03/16/2013 5:08:47 AM PDT by Ray76 (Do you reject Obama? And all his works? And all his empty promises?)
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To: IbJensen
The GOP created ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE and has
lied to Americans since then.
The GOP is nothing but liars, liars, and backstabbers.



17 posted on 03/16/2013 5:16:26 AM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: IbJensen

For John Boehner to be worthless would be a step up for him.


18 posted on 03/16/2013 5:23:16 AM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: IbJensen

uh oh. Looks like our Boehner went limp again....


19 posted on 03/16/2013 5:26:33 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: IbJensen

President Reagan was correct when he said the closest thing to immortality is a government program. There is no way either party will get rid of this abomination. They are not about to relinquish the power it gives over us subjects.


20 posted on 03/16/2013 5:27:44 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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