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Stop-gap or Shutdown? House Has Weekend to Pull Together a Strategy

House Republican leaders had intended to include a provision postponing the full implementation of Obamacare, but Cruz trying to stop that.

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Bill Straub

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September 27, 2013 - 7:34 pm
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WASHINGTON – The ball is back in House Speaker John Boehner’s court.

As expected, the Senate, along party lines, adopted a stop-gap spending measure on Friday that funds the federal government through Nov. 15. In so doing the upper chamber removed a House-passed provision defunding the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, much to the chagrin of Tea Party conservatives.

Now the bill returns to the House where leaders of the GOP majority are considering how to handle it – approve the Senate-passed version, thus avoiding the possibility of an Oct. 1 governmental shutdown, or amend it further, opening further negotiations with the upper chamber and making it increasingly difficult to meet the deadline for the approaching end of the federal fiscal year.

The big issue is Obamacare. Boehner had hoped to pass the temporary spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, without significant delay and postpone the battle over the Affordable Care Act until the House addresses legislation raising the nation’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling.

House Republican leaders had intended to include a provision postponing the full implementation of Obamacare, slated to take effect Oct. 1, for one year in the debt ceiling bill. But a group of as many as 50 conservative Republican lawmakers registered objections to that strategy, pushing Boehner to draw a line in the continuing resolution negotiations, closing the government’s doors if necessary.

On Friday, National Review reported that a group of House conservatives engaged in a conference call Thursday with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led the Senate fight against deleting the Obamacare provision. Cruz, the magazine said, “strongly advised” them to oppose the Boehner strategy of postponing the fight until the debt ceiling debate. Soon thereafter the Boehner plan began to fizzle.

“The House was always in a position where it was going to lead,” Cruz told reporters after the Senate vote. “And I know from my perspective…we look forward to helping and supporting the House, standing up and doing the right thing for the American people.”

Boehner acknowledged on Thursday that the House is unlikely to accept the Senate-passed continuing resolution without some alteration but he added that he doesn’t anticipate a governmental shutdown as a result.

Despite lacking an apparent plan of action and facing a looming deadline, the House Republican caucus isn’t scheduled to hash matters out in another closed-door meeting until early Saturday afternoon.

GOP lawmakers with Tea Party ties aren’t waiting for Boehner to act. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) announced that he intends to offer an amendment to the Senate-passed CR implementing a one-year delay in Obamacare funding.

The Defund Obamacare Act was the first bill Graves introduced after he entered Congress in 2010. He reintroduced it in every subsequent Congress, teaming with Cruz, who introduced companion legislation in the Senate this year. The language from that bill formed the Obamacare defunding provision in the House version of the continuing resolution, which eventually passed by a vote of 230-189.

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Laying off 800,000 federal workers pales in comparison to the tens of millions of Americans currently unemployed and underemployed.

Not only is it time to withhold funding of Obama's Marxist healthcare law that was force-fed to us by the Socialist Democrats, it's time to starve the obese and intrusive beast known to us all as the Federal Government, too.

Its time for the spineless Republican establishment to grow backbones and bloody Obama's and his rights-infringing political party's nose.

I say shut 'em down...

Shut em down you spineless Republicans
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The House should pass a series of resolutions to fund the military, social security, medicare, and all the rest of government operations, yet somehow forget to fund obamacare. Then they can blame the oversight committee.
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this will all fall back on Boehner for waiting for the last minute to deal with the PR and urgency of this position.

And then he had to be brought kicking and screaming to do the right thing
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Combining the problems with the roll-out, and these unfair exemptions will lead to the excuse that this 'thing' needed to be done single-payer from the start. That way, if they need more money, they'll just reach into your paycheck to get it, rather than have you pay some third party (or opt for a fine). They want to create a new box on your pay stub ACA where they'll have instant access to trillions of new dollars that they can spend any way they wish. This new throw-around money will influence elections for years to come. And, with all of these government 'feeder tubes' attached to everyone's paychecks, the patient (economy) isn't going to be leaving the hospital soon. Paraphrasing LBJ, "We'll have all these beggars voting democrat for the next 200 years."
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Yes, social security was their "slush fund" when more were paying in and their was a "surplus", now with all retiring no more surplus, no more unrestricted spending by congress. Now the plan is to steal all the health care insurance money like they did the social security money.

I read a few days ago there was a plan to cave by offering to "delay" implementation but it will have no teeth and keep funding the implementation so it will be near impossible to repeal this plan that make citizens into slaves of the government.
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"...much to the chagrin of Tea Party conservatives."

Say what? We are distressed and embarrassed (chagrined) for the gutlessness of the GOP Senate leadership? No even close. Rather, we only all the more disgusted and ticked-off with these frightened old fools. I hope that every single Republican who voted with Harry Reid to maintain funding of The Great Trainwreck gets primaried.
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I agree. I think it's a mistake to delay implementation for one year. That puts it too close to the 2014 mid term elections. The ACA should be implemented as written - with no exceptions - so that this disastrous legislation will be felt deep in the bones of the body politic by November 2014.
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Are you kidding? Having this crapstorm hit the public 5 weeks before the mid-terms is perfect. It's enough time for the full horror to be realized, but not enough time for people to grow accustomed to the new normal.
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Good Comment. I don't understand that one at all. I'm with you. I want Obamacare decimating as many Democrats as possible throughout 2014.
1 year ago
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Laying off 800,000 federal workers pales in comparison to the tens of millions of Americans currently unemployed and underemployed.

Not only is it time to withhold funding of Obama's Marxist healthcare law that was force-fed to us by the Socialist Democrats, it's time to starve the obese and intrusive beast known to us all as the Federal Government, too.

Its time for the spineless Republican establishment to grow backbones and bloody Obama's and his rights-infringing political party's nose.

I say shut 'em down...

Shut em down you spineless Republicans
1 year ago
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The House should pass a series of resolutions to fund the military, social security, medicare, and all the rest of government operations, yet somehow forget to fund obamacare. Then they can blame the oversight committee.
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"Boehner, in all likelihood, has the votes necessary to adopt the Senate-passed version of the continuing resolution, pasting together the votes of some members of the House Republican majority with almost all Democrats."
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Of course he does. Boner is like all democrats and most republicans - he loves the power he has and has no plans on losing it over trying to do the right thing for We The People. Power is more important than that! More than likely he also has no real compunction over allowing ObummerCare to pass into law unscathed.

The best way to handle ObummerCare is to let the democrats own it but tack on an ammendment making it mandatory for Congress and their aids - Obummer and his wifey and kids too - big businesses - EVERYONE who has been legally or illegally granted a waiver - EVERYONE - to apply for ObummerCare just like the rest of us. Make no waivers PERIOD. Forget about defunding it - we know it ain't never gonna happen. Obummer and the democrats will take the republicans to the mat over this.

Instead stuff it down the throats of EVERYONE! No waivers no way no how for anyone!

If its so damned good why would anyone want or ask for a waiver???

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I recommend letting Obamacare pass - but with NO exclusions, NO exemptions, and NO WAIVERS. No more propping things up trying to make it better; let it crash and burn NOW. No special deals for Congress or congressional staff. No special deals for unions. We want it to start off bad and get worse.
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You're absolutely right. Let the thing do its damage to one and all. In this digital world there are still some things that never change and one of them, which I witnessed first-hand in the '70s, is that people never understand how bad things will be until they experience it for themselves. The warnings about the catastrophe that would accompany Carter's policies went unheeded. It wasn't until people actually had to live with the results that they understood the failure of leftism. Let Obamacare roll. Then everyone will want to kill it.
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