Tuesday, October 1, 2013

House passes Round 3 of spending bill

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WASHINGTON - The House voted Monday evening to pass yet another version of a government funding bill, one that also delays Obamacare for one year and takes away the government healthcare subsidies for lawmakers and staff.

The vote passed 228-201, with 12 Republicans voting against it and nine Democrats voting for it.

The 12 Republicans who voted no were Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Joe Barton, Georgia Rep. Paul Broun, Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, Florida Rep. Mario Diaz Balart, Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, New York Rep. Peter King, Iowa Rep. Steve King, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, and Texas Rep. Kay Granger.

This is the Republican-controlled House's third offering of a government funding bill. Twice now, the Democratic Senate has flatly rejected House's bills, stripping them of amendments and sending them back as simple spending-increases. This third attempt will almost certainly face that same fate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said repeatedly that the Senate will not accept any bill that affects Obamacare in any way, and that the only way to avert a shutdown is for the House to pass the Senate bill.

This latest offering from the House was met by opposition from both sides of the Republican Party. Some conservative Republicans were wary of it, feeling that it did not do enough substantively dismantle Obamacare.

"The proposed changes would not keep Obamacare from taking root," wrote Heritage Action Fund in a statement opposing the plan.

Club for Growth, on the other hand, supported the plan.

Moderate Republicans also raised opposition to the bill. Rep. Peter King of New York reportedly told Boehner he had gathered enough Republicans to vote against the bill to keep it from passing. King voted against the rule for the bill, but his revolt never materialized.

Less than three hours remain until the government is set to shut down. The bill now goes back to the Senate, where, according to a Senate Democratic aide, "within about an hour of the House vote," the Senate will strip out the amendments and send it back to the House in the exact same state as the last two times.

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Source: Dailycaller

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