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.
Yes. That’s it. But when the light (their job description - protecting and defending the Constitution) shines on that attitude and on her enablers, they sure do huff, and screech and scramble.
When the RATs are in power, they spend and tax, spend and tax, ad infinitum.
When the Whigs are in power, they spend and tax, spend and tax, ad infinitum.
Same broken record. Elections have become the equivalent of gladiator contests. Even wrestling is more real.
If I had my druthers, I’d arrest them all and banish them to a deserted island. The only problem is that there are more ready to take their place.
Whatever it is you're smoking, you should stop.
Partially, there are some worth keeping. Not many for sure, but some.
If the House GOPe leadership were out that might enable more Reps to stand up. The grander question is, how to shuck Boehner and his cabal before 2014?
>>> I believe that trying to put Obamacare on this vehicle risks shutting down the government, Boehner said.
‘.... risks shutting down the government’, THE RISK???!!!
You fool. Shut down the government now, pass emergency resolution for each absolute essential government function individaully.
Boehner must go!
When the evil Obama regime screws us we’re very angry.
When we see incompetence in the jerks we’ve elected to represent us it makes us so damned mad we want to throw them into the Potomac.
Come to think of it all but a very select few should be tossed into the Potomac after a healthy dose of hot tar and feathers.
Paging Lorena Bobbitt...
The people who put all this crap in place are still there. We have repub congressman who got elected on tea party principles who voted against the very people who put them there. Now, these so called people are looking for help from the speaker to ward off another tea party challenge because they lied to the group that got them there
It is not left or right. that is all smoke. Regards
What an emasculated, worthless, crybaby.
I have one word for Mr. Boehner ....
I saw that and her. She is as ugly on the outside as she is inside, totally evil.
“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.”
I agree. Timing is everything. The MSM would guarantee that any citizen shutdown pain would be blamed on Boehner.
As you point out, every day that goes by even the low-information voters one by one are coming around to seeing that they will only be able to chose between unaffordable healthcare or getting fined and having your refund seized by the IRS for refusing to buy unaffordable healthcare.
Also, the spotlight is on the Senate Dems’ first budget in four years to be followed by Barry’s budget in early April and the circular firing squad on the left is vicious as the 80 Communists in the House Progressive Caucus screams murder over any Medicare/Medicaid/SS cuts.
Only after that does the next vote to raise the debt ceiling occur. That is when it will be best to force defunding/delay of Obamacare, IMO.
Absolutely!! There will not be any conservative agenda ever initiated unless the left is destroyed. They will only go if by direct force. The conservatives have no will to do such, ergo this nation will slither away to the vast heap of a Roman Empire.
I understand one is a senator and one is a congressman.
My point was one has some moxie and the ability to think and not capitulate. The other, not so much.
I know, and the one with is in the minority house and the wimp is in charge of the majority one. We need to get this fixed before it’s too late. Too late is too late for our kids to not be completely pissed at ALL of us in about twenty years, when they’d be writing books not about the greatest generation but the __________ Generation that gave us this overwhelming mess that destroyed our lives. They wont’ know who Boehner, Cruz, Palin or Obama any more than most today know about FDR, Marshall even Patton and Ike.
Because there are too many people - a lot of them here on FreeRepublic, who preach that the answer is to just elect people with an "R" after their name regardless of their inner convictions. Ultra-liberal, liberal, squishy moderate, sorta conservative, Tea Party, doesn't matter to them. The only qualification is that they have an "R" after their name.
THAT is how we get the likes of Boehner as head of the House. Indiscriminately vote for the "R", and the statists - be they DemocRATs or Karl Rove types - will make damn sure that the people that get in will keep the gravy train rolling.
Instead, you should be discriminating, and let Karl Rove know that you refuse to support his candidates, even though they have that "R" after their name. Things will eventually change, because you are starving the GOP-e beast.
"But, but, we won't have a country left if we don't vote for the "R"!!!! That's the GOP-e argument, and it's given us McCain and Romney. Will it work in 2016 with your GOP-e picked Jeb Bush? Will it work in 2014 for your Karl Rove-picked Congressman? Senator? It's up to you.
I for one will never vote for any party, person or platform that does not stand on Constitutional ground.
When the time comes if I am still drawing a breath, I am "all in" to arrest these clowns, (and everyone of them stands as traitors by their actions, to this country, bar none.)
Turn out the lights and slam the door on this malodorous, leftist mess that should be known by it’s own ‘fruits’: The Central Socialist Government.
Pass the torches, pitchforks and ‘sporting weapons.’
I have slept on this and it occurred to me that there are several ways to skin a cat, even one of those ubiquitous, very pampered, and much photographed cats we see on Free Republic.
1. Half the states have rejected the exchanges from which insurance must be purchased. The Federal government must set them up, find the space and the people.
2. All the above must be financed by congressional appropriations.
3. If some or most of the money required is not available, the effort will die.
Rather than kill, an impossible course already tried, force the abomination to wither on the vine. The in extremis misery will produce all kinds of headaches and pain. The misery and failure will produce loud calls for repeal
The steps of the Capital would be nice .....
Let’s do it.
I think first we should have an organization behind whose banner we would assemble first in the various states.
Tea Party or Oath Keepers would be nice.
Tell those assembled that the occupant of the White Hut is a monster created by Dr. Soros and many Igors and composed of many different body parts found in the graves of those who are still voting Democrat.
Light the torches. Brandish the pitchforks and advance as though the future of America depended on us.
Republicrats can be such political weasels. They have grown to love a large government. The larger it is the less their incompetence appears.
I’m well aware of what happened to Allen down here. I worked his campaign...as much as I could. Losing wasn’t as much because of jerrymandering, although it didn’t help, but voter fraud and poll corruption, IMHO.
Yep, if it is close they will steal it.
Commie Dem Criminals
All in the House have voted to repeal Obamacare. In this instance, Republicans do not support larger government