The now totally deranged Republican Tea Party has passed yet another attempt (the 41st? 42nd? I’ve lost count) to destroy the Affordable Care Act, even though it has no chance of becoming law and they know it. Take a good look, America — this is the pathetic state of the GOP. Remember this when it’s time to vote.
The House passed a bill 230-189 Friday morning that would keep the government running for three months - and defund the health care overhaul that is President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
“Americans are tired of seeing the government spend more and more of their hard earned tax dollars,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “This resolution will also protect the working middle class from the devastating effects of Obamacare.”
New York Rep. Nita Lowey, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, accused the GOP of “brinksmanship.”
“The Republican budget plan itself shortchanges American jobs in infrastructure, results in education and defense layoffs, closes Head Start and afterschool programs, and divests in health research,” she said.
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Republicans had “a destructive obsession” with trying to derail Obamacare.
Leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate have already warned the spending bill is dead on arrival there with the Obamacare provision attached.
The federal government will shut down in 10 days if the House and Senate cannot find some middle ground. The Senate will begin procedural maneuvers to take the bill up Monday.