Skip to comments.Boehner: House Will Fund Obamacare in CR; Won't Risk 'Shutting Down the Government'
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.
Its 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. Thats 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 its 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.
I have worked with hours and activity for the Republican Party since the days of Hillarycare. Last November I withdrew, cold turkey, after asking, "What's the point?"
I've been sneaking back, first in seconds, then in minutes. I'm this close to joining another lost cause i.e. the Republican Committee for the City of Minneapolis (MN).
Why do we have to be saddled with Boehner? Every time that semi-vir opens his mouth he makes me want to go cold turkey once more. Where, oh where do we get such flaccid-salient creatures who claim to be men???
SHUT DOWN OBAMACARE, at a MINIMUM. There's 10's of thousands of un-necessary, ILLEGAL employees right there that can be shit-canned and save BILLIONS for Taxpayers.
And employers should stop doing the bookkeeping for this corrupt, evil central socialist government!
sorry but thumbs down from me.
obamacare will be repealed within a year, you can bet the house on it and it will be repealed with almost as many democrat votes as republican.
Obamacare is a truly horrific piece of legislation. It is so bad, the democrat congressmen will be begging for massive changes a few months before or a few months after Jan 1, 2014.
At that point, it will be repealed in a bipartisan fashion and with the support of 90% of the public.
Our children, who, even if they do not owe college debt, owe so much on this thing and the rest of the debt that they are not going to be singling out any particular politician, they’ll blame all of us for letting this happen.
WHy don’t the Republicans have a counter advertisement to that of the dems pushing, a la repubs, an old guy off the cliff, in a wheelchair, rather a dem pushing a kid to his doom?
Just to show what we’re doing to these people. they’re gonna be pissed. And NOT in the mood to take care of us. And NOT in the mood to keep paying for us in the way of SS. the smart ones are already figuring out that they’re paying 25% Soc Security while they’re struggling with debt, the ones smart enough to get jobs.
They are going to be smart to cut it off for their own retirement, because they’ll need to do so. Boner doesn’t give a care about them and they won’t know who he is.
“If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I’d say the odds are still on your side,” McConnell said. “Because it’s a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place.”-Sen. Mitch McConnell, 26 June 2012
Here’s how to do it, Senator McConnell instead of making leftists happy:
Vote for repeal, get the President to sign it, and then:
Fire every single federal and/or state employee and/or bureaucrat who has anything to do with ObamaCare, confiscate their taxpayer-paid cell phones, iPads, laptops and credit cards and sell them for scrap.
Take every scrap of paper relating to ObamaCare and shred them, burn them and then bury the ashes at Yucca Mountain.
Rip out the phone and fax lines at every single government office implementing ObamaCare. Sell-off all the assets, furniture, fixtures, and turn out the lights, close the doors and padlock them.
This entire procedure could be utilized in destroying most of the remaining apparatus that comprises the evil central socialist government.
Love the photo. Fat Ted is roasting in hell and Sal DiMasi is rotting in prison...very fitting.
If the Democrats health care bill becomes law, the IRS could have to hire more than 16,000 additional agents, auditors and other workers just to enforce all the new taxes and penalties, said Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI). It is a dangerous expansion of the IRSs power and reach into the lives of virtually every American.
Allen West was defeated by the GOP redistricting. Jerrymandered district put him out of office. That is what the GOPe in FL did.
Yes, it is time to purge the GOP or burn the house down.
Either the “leadership” finds a pair, or we will fix this on our own. And that will leave them out in the cold.
Why is Juan Boehner the “leader” of the Republicans instead of a man of integrity who has not been neutered? Someone like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)?
We just can’t do this to our kids.
Cruz, bless him, is in the Senate, not in the House. Boehner has no opposition in the House. Neither does Obama.
Chief Justice Roberts liked it so well he didn’t want to see it go down in smoke, so he helped Obama get this piece of crap that hadn’t even been read passed.
Bozo the Phony never read, understood or even touched this garbage. It was up to the useful idiots: Pelosi, Hairy and the rest of the zoo to get it through.
Don’t defund it, just reduce the amount by 2% of the total. Set Obama and the Dems up again.
They could flood the airways with the disaster and bring it to the forefront. They could and won't. They will never relinquish that power.
boner didn’t go limp...limpness is his permanent state. If he had an ounce of testosterone in his veins, he would be seeking treatment to having it removed. Sheesh...what a total crying simp wimp.
Recall the Republican battle cry of 2010,"Elect me and I will defund obamacare?" Well they were elected and they had one symbolic vote to defund obamacare. The sheep were pacified. However, there is one fly in the ointment, according to the rules or according to something known only to Congress, no existing program can be defunded when w C.R. is in effect. Why do you think that there has not been a budget passed?
Yeah right! The Supreme Court was going to rule it Unconstitutional also. How did that work out?
Well, they are NOT doing their job.
They are NOT representing us.
They want our money for nothing.