House Republicans, including all six from NJ, approved a continuing resolution on Friday that “would strip all funding for President Obama’s health care law, setting up another bitter fiscal showdown just 10 days before much of the federal government is set to run out of money.”
The 230-to-189 vote set in motion a fiscal confrontation whose outcome is anything but clear. Two Democrats voted for the measure, and one Republican voted against it. With no resolution, large parts of the government could shut down Oct. 1, and the nation’s first default on federal debt could follow weeks later.
“We had a victory today for the American people, and frankly, we also had a victory for common sense,” Speaker John A. Boehner said after the vote. He added, “Our message to the United States Senate is real simple: The American people don’t want the government shutdown and they don’t want Obamacare.”
The CR filed would continue to fund the federal government at post-sequestration FY 2013 levels until December 15. The topline number for federal spending would be $986 billion, $19 billion above the $967 billion cap for FY 2014 under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), but $72 billion below the $1,058 billion pre-sequestration level Democrats have proposed to eliminate the sequester.
Even as the House muscled through its spending bill, House Republican leaders met behind closed doors with their rank and file on Friday to lay out the next step in the budget battle: a bill that would raise the government’s statutory borrowing limit, delay implementation of the health care law for a year, and push a grab-bag of Republican initiatives like binding instructions to overhaul the tax code and mandatory construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
All of the measures tied to the debt-ceiling increase have passed the Republican-controlled House before, only to be ignored by the Senate. But this time, said Representative John Fleming, Republican of Louisiana, “we haven’t applied it to a must-pass piece of legislation.”
The two bills — to finance the government through Dec. 15 and raise the debt ceiling — were intended to unite House Republicans and placate an emboldened right wing of the party.
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