House approves stopgap funding bill -- heating up the fight to defund Obamacare

Published on September 21, 2013 at 5:07 AM · No Comments

As House Republicans celebrated their win, they also ramped up pressure on Senate GOP lawmakers to take up the push to derail the health law.

USA Today: House Passes Spending Bill That Defunds 'Obamacare'
The House voted 230-189 along party lines Friday to approve a stopgap spending bill to fund the federal government through mid-December, but it is facing certain defeat in the Senate because it includes language aiming to dismantle President Obama's health care law (Davis, 9/20).

The Washington Post: House Passes GOP Spending Plan That Defunds Obamacare
The legislation would fund federal agencies at an annualized rate of more than $986 billion but would also leave in place automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, set to take effect in January. It would include language to prohibit any funding going to implementing the health-care law and, additionally, authorize the Treasury to pay some bills and not others in the event that no deal is reached in October on increasing the country's debt limit. House Republican leaders declared victory Friday after the vote, and they immediately ramped up pressure on the Senate to take up the fight (O'Keefe, 9/20).

CNN: House GOP Launches Shutdown Battle By Voing To Defund Obamacare
With one vote on Friday, the Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress -- one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks. By a 230-189 vote almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare (Cohen, 9/20).

NBC News: House Votes To Fund Government, Gut Obamacare
The vote marked an opening gambit by the GOP just 10 days before the deadline at which the government will run out of money, causing a myriad of federal services to cease. The provision gutting health care reform was intended to mollify conservatives who have vowed not to fund the government unless the landmark law is eradicated (O'Brien, 9/20).

CBS News: House Passes Bill Funding Government, Defunding Obamacare
Boehner described the vote as a "victory" for the American people, calling Obamacare a "train wreck" that is "hurting our constituents," and pushing the Senate to approve the House bill (Miller, 9/20).

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