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.
Ask Diane Feinstein, who was screeching to Ted Cruz the other day about how they “do things here in the senate”, sending constitutionally unproven laws to the SCOTUS to let them sort it out (let those libs arm twist everyone else into circumventing the Constitution).
It was as if a staffer had pulled back the dusty floor length curtains and let sunlight into the room, disturbing all the demonic inhabitants.
They were stuttering and scrambling to take cover.
Here’s the link Senator Cruz was referring to.
Here’s Senator cruz discussion with the old curmdgeon.
I love my senator!!! Finally there’s someone listening to the people.
El Presidente would then have the monkey on his back of either finding alternative cuts or shutting down the gvernment to keep ObamaCare.
He really treated her like a senator and she was insulted. The women around here think she does a disservice playing the I’m a girl, you can’t be mean to me card.
Senator Cruz will have none of that. He does his job and he respects the office. It’s simple.
It’s truly sickening when we fully understand that this nation is being ruled and ruined by complete imbecilic socialists.
From the article: 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.
Let’s do the math...
Republican (stated) goal = Reduce Spending
Shut down government = No Spending
No Spending achieves Republican goal to Reduce Spending
Therefore, Shutting Down Government = Reduce Spending
It’s a Win-Win...while the government is shut down, it’s not borrowing more money that we can’t repay.
Sadly, the pubbies don’t have the stones or the intelligence for this fight (among others) and will obviously cave when the dhimmicraps ratchet up the war of words.
Boner is a loser...and the American people lose as a result.
Dieanne was positively correct when she put this younger (and much more attractive) senator in his place!
Who does he think he is, anyway? Dieanne has worked long and hard to achieve and retain her senatorship. The fact that she and her husband thingy have somehow amassed an incredibly large fortune during her tenure is coincidental.
California is fortunate to have two such lovely and talented ladies representing its citizenry in the Senate.
This has been a worthwhile hobby for these two hard-working elected officials who have amassed enough useful legislation to wipe the asses of at least a trillion people.
I hope your prediction come true.
Can you explain why you feel this way? What will cause this mass exodus of support away from nobamacare?
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