Rep. Steve King: GOP Trying To Stop Efforts To Defund ObamaCare. UPDATED and BUMPED: King’s Amendment Passes
From his op-ed today in the Washington Times:
There has been an effort behind the scenes to block my initiative to cut off all funding to Obamacare. One of the tactics is to argue that my proposal violates the rules by legislating on an appropriations bill. It wasn’t a violation when Congress defunded the Vietnam War, and it’s not a violation now. The CR [continuing resolution–CW], the very bill that I seek to amend, has language in it that blocks the use of any funds to move detainees out of Guantanamo Bay. By their definition, they’ve set a precedent and all I ask is to use the same tool to debate and vote on blocking the use of any funds to implement or enforce Obamacare. In fact, the CR as written already addresses Obamacare in at least four places, the 1099 provision among them.
It’s absolutely despicable, and contrary to the results of the 2010 elections for those Republicans that campaigned on stopping ObamaCare to stand in the way of defunding it. I wanna know who’s behind this effort!
I urge Rep. King to name names, so we can put political pressure on these Republicans that apparently don’t want to defund ObamaCare… and in the mean time, everyone that’s represented by a Republican should be on the phone to their Representative’s office, either in the district or in DC, telling them to support King’s effort to defund this monstrosity.
There’s a quick and easy “Find your Representative” link in the upper left area of the US House website.
Update and bump: According to the PJ Tatler, King’s amendment has passed. Results of the roll call vote aren’t available at the Clerk’s website as of the time of this writing, but I am betting it’s either roll call vote 99 or 98, seen here at 2:31 pm or 2:27 pm respectively.