House Will Vote On Defunding ObamaCare Next Week
(Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote to block funding for President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare overhaul when it takes up a budget plan next week, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday.
Cantor’s office said the language blocking funding for the healthcare law is expected to be offered as an amendment during the House debate next week. Republicans, trying to make good on a campaign pledge for a more open legislative process, plan to debate a number of amendments to the spending bill.
Cantor said he expects the spending bill to include healthcare language when it leaves the House for Senate consideration.
The measure is not likely to get past the Democratic-controlled Senate, which rejected a Republican bid to fully repeal the healthcare overhaul that Obama signed into law last year.
I’ve said it before, but even if it doesn’t survive the Senate, it’s important for the House to include the defunding language. It will both keep a campaign promise and provide a real measure of the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats in Congress.
Of course, if the red-state Democratic Senators hear loud and clear from their constituents, maybe it will survive the Senate after all, and then Obama will have to make a very hard decision that he won’t be able to vote “present” on… either sign the bill (or let it go through unsigned, after 10 days it automatically becomes law as though he had signed it) and let his administration be stripped of the funds to enforce ObamaCare, or make a very public veto and thus reinforce his identification with a very unpopular bill.
I hope the House follows through on this. I’ll have the popcorn standing by.