House Adds Yearlong Obamacare Delay, Repeal of Medical Device Tax to CR
"Our troops should not suffer for Washington's failure to act," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.).
That passed 423-0, even though some lawmakers complained on the floor that other categories of government workers weren't included.
The mood in the GOP caucus was said to be buoyant, with cheering heard as the party came together on a strategy and took it to the Rules Committee.
The clause on the contraceptive mandate was likely offered to conservatives disappointed that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would seek a delay instead of full repeal. Twenty-one House members signed on to a letter two days ago urging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to stand with Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in opposing cloture on the continuing resolution.
Republican members of the Senate who allowed cloture on the original House bill yet voted against the bill after Democrats stripped the Obamacare repeal praised the House for its latest move.
“Today conservatives in the House took decisive action to keep the government open, delay a law clearly not ready for primetime, and repeal an onerous, job-killing tax that has overwhelming bipartisan opposition in the Senate," Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said.
“If Senate Democrats force a shutdown by refusing to support these reasonable proposals, both of which their members have previously backed, then it will be clear who the real extremists in this Congress are.”
Senators were told to stay within a couple hours of D.C. over the weekend in case they needed to come back for a vote.
"Once again House Republicans have found a way to mount an ideological attack on women's health as the clock ticks down on a crisis they created," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "This is part of the right-wing playbook that's going nowhere in the Senate. The truly unconscionable thing is that Republicans would try to rob women of access to health care while holding our economy hostage."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has vowed to not consider any continuing resolution that includes Obamacare, even a compromise from the total scrapping of the law sought by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Cruz.
"It is important to note that these Tea Party obstructionists do not represent mainstream Republicans – either mainstream Republicans in Congress or mainstream Republicans in our great country. But unfortunately, their grip on the rudder of the Republican Party is firm. For the last few years, these radicals in the House and the Senate have driven America from crisis to crisis, leaving a trail of economic destruction behind them. And now they have taken the United States government hostage and demanded an impossible ransom: that Democrats repeal the law of this land – Obamacare," Reid said on the floor Friday. "…Can we overcome the modern-day anarchists?"