Government Broke by Sept 30: Funding ObamaCare in Spotlight Again: Why House Excuses For Funding Are Bogus

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is saying the House WILL fund the government, in yet another vote needed to support the swayed-back of Obama administration spending.  We are out of money again on September 30th. When Boehner was asked if ObamaCare will be defunded in the next Continuing Resolution, he coyly answered: “our goal would be to make sure the government is funded.” Many are taking that answer as yes, we will continue to fund ObamaCare. We have no budget. The unconstitutional spending will continue through a Continuing Resolution (CR). See why there is plenty of precedent for not funding this taxing legislation below.

The history of current ObamaCare spending:

Untouchable. That’s the treatment being given to the $23.6 billion being spent right now to implement Obamacare.

This $23.6 billion is part of the $105.5 billion appropriated by the last Congress to fund Obamacare. The remainder (Think of it as post-dated checks for the other $81.9 billion.) automatically becomes available between now and FY2019.

None of this is to be confused with an additional $115 billion authorized for additional appropriation to Obamacare—but which the current Congress is unlikely to provide. Heritage Foundation

Questions are:

1) will Republicans have the backbone to insist on other cuts to offset ObamaCare?

2) will Republicans have the backbone to defund ObamaCare since they have voted and passed to repeal it some 31 times?

3) if Republicans are not willing to shutdown the government, rather than funding Obama’s “signature” legislation tax increase, what excuses will they give us?

The Heritage Foundation, in an undated article written before the SCOTUS ruling, explains what the House can do:

The excuses [for not defunding] are flimsy. Claims that it “cannot” be done under House rules are wrong and misleading. The House has constitutional authority to package legislation however it wishes.

Self-imposed rules of the House should be no barrier to action, either. Those same rules were waived repeatedly to permit defunding of other programs in the series of continuing resolutions (CRs) that are being used to keep the full federal government open.

In the first full-year CR, the relevant rule (House Rule XXI) was waived to permit 123 previous appropriations to be rescinded. But Obamacare funding was not touched. Perhaps doing the same thing for the 124th time was considered going too far?

Congress waived the rules again in the second two-week CR. But Obamacare funding still went untouched.

In the latest three-week CR, the rules were waived once more, and again Obamacare funding was not touched…

…the only meaningful method for defunding Obamacare is to package the spending cuts with must-pass legislation that has other things—like spending—that President Obama and his team desire. There is no other way to apply political leverage.

Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) led 127 members of the U.S. House of Representatives in a letter to Republican leadership to defund the ObamaCare tax. On Bachmann’s website, she says:

“The House of Representatives holds the purse strings. Now that the House has voted to fully repeal Obamacare, we should continue to do everything within our power to defund this bureaucratic power grab,” said Bachmann. “Obamacare increases healthcare costs, takes away patient freedom, and hurts America’s job creators – we should not rest until its implementation is blocked.”

In the letter signed by the 127 House Republicans the point is made that implementing ObamaCare is a discretionary appropriations process,” and they urge that the funding for implemention through any Government department, NOT come to the floor of the 112th Congress for consideration.

discretionary, adjective: “subject or left to one’s own discretion,”

discretion, noun: the power or right to decide or act according to one’s own judgment; freedom of judgement or choice.

The letter ends with a quote from James Madison, Federalist No. 58:

In Federalist No. 58, James Madison wrote that the “power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon … for obtaining a redress of every grievance…”  We thank you for your consideration and look forward to working closely with you to address defunding one of the largest grievances in our time and to restore patient-centered healthcare in America.

Republican leadership is not forced to allow taxing legislation for ObamaCare. They can stop it if they want to stop it. If the Government has to shutdown, let it shutdown. Find House Appropriations Committee members here. Find contact information here. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers is from Kentucky. If you are not from Kentucky, you can send Tweets to @RepHalRogers.

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  • To answer the first three questions: No, No, and well we tried!! How many times have we heard Bonehead make that lame excuse. He will continue until he is ousted as speaker and that can’t come too soon.

    Can certain pieces of spending be defunded or not funded. Yes, but you won’t see it from Bonhead instead he will claim it can’t be done. In 2011 the House voted down party lines of course to end spending of 200 million dollars set aside to fund presidential campaigns.
    It has been brought forth to stop funding for Planned Parenthood so why not OBAMANOCARE.

    The problems is that the House may pass such and according to the Constitution it is the House that brings forth ALL spending bills, not the Senate, but then the Senate will vote and being controlled by the Dems will put the spending back in unless a few Dems jump ship and vote as they did against OBAMANOCARE .

    I am not holding my breath and dang sure won’t expect much from Bonehead.

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  • kathleen

    Another good article on the actual costs to us and how millions will lose coverage. WHY some Republicans don’t seem to get it is beyond me.

  • It’s not only Obamacare, Maggie. The $800 billion stimulus package in 2009 never went away. It became part of the baseline with each Continuing Resolution since then. The Republicans should not only defund Obamacare, they should also stop the fourth $800 billion stimulus package.

    • Jim, yes, so many things that must be stopped. ObamaCare is important also for many reason, but we said we would do this, an we must.

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