House votes to keep government open, defund ObamaCare

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The House voted Friday to keep the government open through mid-December but only if Congress strips funding from ObamaCare.

The vote was 230 to 189, and largely expected.

The Senate, which is in recess until Tuesday, is expected to take up the vote next week. However, it is unlikely it will pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The House measure would replace ObamaCare with a plan that expands tax breaks for Americans who buy their own insurance, setting the stage for a showdown with Senate Democrats that could push the government toward a partial shutdown at the end of the month.

More than 140 congressional Republicans signed on to the bill to keep the government running at existing funding levels and delay the health care law. Democrats have vowed to oppose that bill, warning the strategy risks a government shutdown, with funding set to expire by Oct. 1.

Under the proposal, Americans who purchase coverage through state-run exchanges can claim a $7,500 deduction against their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of the insurance. Families could deduct $20,000. The plan also increases government funding for high-risk pools.

One day after conceding that the Democratic-controlled Senate probably would prevail in stripping the health law provision, Sen. Ted Cruz still vowed to do "everything and anything possible to defund ObamaCare." That includes a possible filibuster of legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, the Texas Republican said.

Cruz, one of the most vocal supporters of the “de-fund ObamaCare” push, startled his House colleagues when he released a written statement Wednesday afternoon that appeared to acknowledge the bill will probably fail in the Senate.

“Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so. At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people,” he said.

House Republican aides said rank-and-file lawmakers on the House floor at the time vented their anger at what appeared to be a pre-emptive surrender.

Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., tweeted that Lee and Cruz "refuse to fight. Wave white flag and surrender."

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., tweeted, "Senate R's already declare defeat... before the battle even begins. So much for standing up for the American people."

Internal divisions have plagued Republicans this year as they struggle to produce alternatives to the Obama plan. Legislation backed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to increase funding for high-risk pools was pulled without a vote after some conservatives objected to improving ObamaCare at a time when they want to repeal it.

Obama and Democrats frequently criticize Republicans for focusing so much attention on repeal efforts without coming up with an alternative.

A senior GOP leadership aide said Wednesday they don't expect this dissension to blow up the bill in the House on Friday. But they are concerned about where things are going now if the GOP senators don't defend their turf.

The legislation includes a number of proposals that Republicans long have backed to expand access and hold down the cost of health care, including features that permit companies to sell policies across state lines and that let small businesses join together to seek better rates from insurers.

In addition, awards for pain and suffering, emotional distress and similar noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases would be capped at $250,000, unless a state had a higher cap.

No overall cost estimates for the bill were available.

Current funding for the government is set to expire at the end of the month, and lawmakers must approve the stopgap bill in order to keep Washington open.

The GOP measure would fund the government through Dec. 15, at current funding levels. Republicans also plan to push a measure dealing with the debt ceiling, with a mid-October deadline looming for when the government can no longer honor its obligations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...macare-as-shutdown-fight-looms/#ixzz2fRsTk5ui
 

NuttyJim

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We all know what's going to happen in the Senate.

These scum need to on a daily basis start tracking down the people who have been fired, benefits lost, hours cut, etc due to the anticipation of obama care and put them on tv. They also need to just get in front of a camera and start naming everyone who voted for obama care (which according to some articles they've done to those who are up for re election).
 

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Am I the only one who thinks a government shutdown sounds great?
 

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The amount of biased innuendo in the news is amazing.
 

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The amount of biased innuendo in the news is amazing.
We still have years left of the failed Obama experiment of his presidency. Literally every single aspect of his presidency will tarnish his legacy. The first non-white-male president was not a good president. This will eviscerate liberal thinking in the next decade. A major blight on political correctness and affirmative action.

Hillary Clinton's best chance of getting elected is because she's a famous woman. That's it. She's literally done nothing of substance in politics. She was against gay marriage...until she was for it. Was responsible for some of the worst trade agreements that led to insane levels of job outsourcing and industry outsourcing. Benghazi...enough said. If political correctness isn't going to help her then she is dead.

So now the media will be working overtime until 2016. Protecting Obama and Hillary. When a school shooting or a mass shooting happens. Blame it on Republicans, NRA, racists. Deflect deflect deflect.

The media needs to retrain the ignorant masses.

Disagree with Obamacare? You're a racist.
Want more run rights? You're a racist and pro-kid-murder.
Think Benghazi mattered? You're in the KKK.

That way when Hillary runs....

Disagree with Hillary? You're a misogynist.
War on women! Wendy Davis! Republicans hate women! Vote Hillary!

You think the media is bad now.....2015 and 2016 are going to be off-the-fucking-charts insane.
 

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Lord Zero

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President Obama slammed House Republicans for "trying to mess with me" by passing a bill today to fund the government but also defund Obamacare.
It's not all about you, asshole.
 

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We still have years left of the failed Obama experiment of his presidency. Literally every single aspect of his presidency will tarnish his legacy. The first non-white-male president was not a good president. This will eviscerate liberal thinking in the next decade. A major blight on political correctness and affirmative action.
Nice to believe, but since when did liberals ever abandon their failed experiments, or admit it when they were wrong?
 

Cunt Smasher

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And where's the mandate? Hard to find anybody but a democrat politician that thinks obamacare is a good idea at this point. Aren't they representing me?