Well thanks to the GOP led House who voted 267-151 on Wednesday to approve a $982 billion continuing resolution (CR), H R 933, Obamacare will be fully funded for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, as Marines and other departments of national defense are seeing less of an increase in their projected spending.
CNS News reports,
The House Republican leaders turned aside requests from groups of conservative members to include language in the bill that would have withheld funding for implementation of all of Obamacare, or, alternatively, that would have withheld funding for the Obamacare regulation that requires health-plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.
On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Rules Committee rejected a request by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R.-Okla.) to allow the full House to simply vote on an amendment to the CR sponsored by Bridenstine, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R.-Kans.) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R.-Fla.) that would have stripped funding from implementation of Obamacare.
Last week, Bridenstine and Huelskamp sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor asking them to include such language in the CR. The CR produced by the leadership did not include that language.
Bridenstine then asked the Rules Committee on Wednesday–when it approved the rule that would govern House floor proceeding on the CR–to allow a vote on his amendment. The Rules Committee, however, rejected Bridenstine’s request and refused to allow the rank and file members of the House to even vote on the proposition of defunding Obamacare.
Similarly, 14 Republican House members, led by Rep. Diane Black (R.-Tenn.) and Rep. John Fleming (R.-La.), wrote Boehner and Cantor last week asking them to include language in the CR that would reverse the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation in order to protect the free exercise of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Though Speaker John Boehner said on the floor of the House on February 8, 2012 that the regulation was a clear violation of the Constitution, he and the other Republican leaders opted to not include language in the CR to reverse that legislation. Frankly, friends, that is a dereliction of their duty which is to support and defend the Constitution!
Now, the Republicans did not work to support the First Amendment with the Continuing Resolution, they did accomplish some other priorities in the funding:
For example, they prohibited the purchase of foreign-made ball bearings. The CR reads, “None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be used for the procurement of ball and roller bearings other than those produced by a domestic source and of domestic origin.” Well that’s important, don’t you think?
They also prohibited sending more than 50 government employees to a conference overseas. Again, the Act reads, “None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to send or otherwise pay for the attendance of more than 50 employees from a Federal department or agency that are stationed within the United States at any single conference occurring outside a state of the United States, except for employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs stationed in the Philippines, unless the relevant Secretary reports to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress at least 5 days in advance that such attendance is important to the national interest.”
Additionally and ironically, since the GOP’s platform is supposed to be pro-life, they did not restrict funding for Planned Parenthood.
They also broke the vow they made to the American people in 2010 in their “A Pledge to America” to post bills online for at least 72 hours before voting on them. The CR was up less than 48 hours.
Those Republicans with backbone that voted against the Continuing Resolution, which is aiding and abetting the current traitor in office in violating your Constitutionally protected rights and undermining our country, are as follows:
Justin Amash (MI), Jim Bridenstine (OK), Broun (GA), Ron DeSantis (FL), Scott DesJarlais (TN), John J. Duncan Jr. (TN), Phil Gingrey (GA), Louie Gohmert (TX), Jack Kingston (GA), Tom McClintock (CA). Thomas Massie (KY), Bill Posey (FL), Matt Salmon (AZ), and Steve Stockman (TX.).
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