House Speaker Boehner Schedules ObamaCare Vote for Friday

By:  Bob Adelmann
09/20/2013
       
House Speaker Boehner Schedules ObamaCare Vote for Friday

Some committed constitutionalists have forced Speaker of the House John Boehner to forward a bill that funds all of government, except ObamaCare.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced on Wednesday that he would schedule a vote for Friday on his newly revised bill to continue government spending at current levels but without funding for ObamaCare, in response to pressure from a small but critically important group of Tea Party conservatives. Fresh from the hustings, that group, estimated to be about 40 in number, have been reminded afresh of their constituents’ demands to stop ObamaCare before it becomes cemented into place on October 1, and they forced Boehner to revise his original bill to include defunding critical parts of the president’s healthcare law.

Members of that group included Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) who said, “We’re doing what the American people are asking us to do. I think now is the time. You take the best opportunity that you have.” Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) added, “I think over the next 12 days there’s going to be a strong argument from the American people that this is the path forward.” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) was even stronger, saying he would not vote for any bill that funded ObamaCare: “This is the line in the sand.” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said that ObamaCare “is a devastating law that’s having a devastating impact on all of our health care across the country.”

The bill puts the onus on the Senate to pass the bill to keep the government running but without funding ObamaCare, or reject the bill and not allow government spending beyond October 1. The president claims that passage of such a bill will shut down the government and it will be the Republicans’ fault. But Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), another member of the recalcitrant group of 40, said the president has got the message backward: "The president [would shut] down the government because he wants to protect Obamacare."

Senator Marco Rubio agreed with that assessment. In an interview with Newsmax TV, Rubio said he was pleased that Boehner was forced to revise his bill before sending it to the House floor:

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