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The House will vote to cut off funding for Obamacare next week

February 8, 2011

  While the courts are hearing cases about the constitutionality of Obamacare the Republicans still have one card up their sleeves in the effort to stop Obamacare–the House can cut off funding for the unconstitutional law and they appear to be on the verge of doing just that. Next week the House will take up the issue of the new federal budget and it now appears likely that they will cut off the funding of Obamacare.

  When asked about the funding for Obamacare and the impending vote on the budget this is what Eric Cantor had to say:

I expect to see one way or other the product coming out of the House to speak to that and to preclude any funding to be used for that

  The House has already voted to repeal the unconstitutional law but that effort came up short in the Senate, so the House is now prepared to implement “Plan B” and cut of funding for this bill. The article that I linked to above states that this move is likely to be struck down by the Senate if it passes the House but as I understand it, it really doesn’t matter what the Senate does because all spending bills must originate in the House. If the House votes to cut off spending there is nothing that the Senate can do about it–unless the brokers some kind of deal with the House–because the House has followed its constitutional rights and the bill will be DOA if the House does not vote to fund it.

  There is the very likely scenario that this showdown could result in the shutdown of the federal government and as someone who feels as if the government operates best when it is not operating at all I can’t see how this could be considered a bad idea. It is great to see that the members of the House who were elected on the promise of repealing or defuding Obamcare appear more than willing to do so.

  Republicans are now poised to shut down Obamacare in its tracks and considering the fact that the most recent court ruling declared that the whole of Obamacare is unconstitutional it seems that the only responsible thing to do in light of the fact that the Obama regime is willing to ignore the court ruling would be to shut down the law through the constitutional authority granted to them in Article 1 Section 7 of the constitution until the Supreme Court has ruled on this issue.

  Until and unless the Supreme Court overturns the Florida decision there is no way that the healthcare reform law should be implemented and if the Obama regime is unwilling to adhere to the ruling it is up to the House to force the adherence to the ruling by using the power of the purse strings.

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  1. The Georgia Yankee permalink
    February 8, 2011 9:14 pm

    That’s the way the system works – spending bills originate in the House, but before they reach the President – who would likely veto any de-funding legislation anyway — they’ve got to be approved in the Senate.

    The Dems’ job now is to personalize healthcare reform to get people breathing down the neck of their GOP Representatives. For example, I’ve got a buddy in Mississippi, hard-core conservative, got very angry at cutbacks in Medicare Advantage because that’s what he uses – even though Obama did the fiscally responsible thing by cutting it back to free up funds for other parts of Medicare. My buddy the conservative thinks that because he uses Medicare Advantage, any change to the plan is a liberal plot. Go figure . . .

    The Dems’ attempts so far have been half-hearted, but they’ve got to get people thinking about the real meaning of things like eliminating pre-existing conditions clauses, extending children’s coverage under parents’ plans (especially if they’re in advanced degree programs) and the like.

    And the cynicism of a GOP that beat down Hillarycare in 1992, did nothing at all to improve healthcare for the next 18 years, and suddenly claims to be so concerned about healthcare in the US, and to have all sorts of ideas for improvement.

    We shall see how things progress . . . .

    Take good care and may God bless us all!

    TGY

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    • February 8, 2011 9:27 pm

      I guess this is where I get a little confused; if the spending bill originates in the House the Senate can amend it and put the spending back in, therefore the bill would still be constitutional but a deal would have to be reached with the House in reconcilliation if I am not mistaken and if the House remains firm in its resolve that is where the possibility of a shutdown could occur.

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      • The Georgia Yankee permalink
        February 8, 2011 9:49 pm

        I was listening to someone explain this on Boortz the other day but I wasn’t paying full attention – something to do with trying to get some paying work done 😉 – but I’m sort of in the same boat – I think the Senate can move money around in a spending bill it gets from the House – it’s not limited to just a yes or no vote – but I don’t think it can add anything.

        Of course, if I’m mistaken, it wouldn’t be the first time, and hoping it’d be the last time would be futile . . .

        Hope everyone’s having a good evening, and may God bless us all!

        TGY

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      • February 9, 2011 7:18 am

        I would have to believe that the Senate could come to a deal with the House saying that they will pass the legislation if the bill goes back to the House and money is added for a certain program.

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  2. February 9, 2011 1:24 am

    This is the shock and awe strategy and the GOP will look badly in the press for it but Obama seems hell bent on protecting his flawed baby.

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    • February 9, 2011 7:16 am

      I’m not so sure the GOP will look bad if they block funding for a bill that a majority of Americans want repealed.

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  3. The Georgia Yankee permalink
    February 9, 2011 10:27 am

    I looked into it – once the Senate is presented with a revenue or appropriations bill by the House, it’s free to amend it in any way it sees fit.

    Hope the day’s great!

    And may God bless us all!

    TGY

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