US House to vote to defund Affordable Care Act

House to vote on budget bill defunding health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says House Republicans will pass a budget bill this week that withholds funding for President Barack Obama's health care law.

The effort stands little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate, setting up a showdown that could push the government toward a partial shutdown at the end of the month. Funding to operate the federal government runs out at the end of September.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the House will also push to delay the health care law for a year as part of a plan to extend the government's ability to borrow. He said debt ceiling talks will include a path forward on tax reform and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

For my local member of Congress' take, here is a recent tweet:
Rep. Renee Ellmers ‏@RepReneeEllmers

Real solutions in less than 200 pages of health care reform legislation. #ABetterWay than the #Obamacare #Trainwreck

The new codeword above: 'A Better Way'


Government shutdown

NPR Report:

The federal government will shut down Oct. 1 unless Congress passes another continuing resolution authorizing further spending. Dozens of Republican lawmakers — led by Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, and helped by the , a political committee founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint — insist that any such resolution also take away money to implement President Obama's signature health care law.

After initially resisting such a plan, Boehner agreed Wednesday to package the two ideas together and send them to the Democratic controlled Senate — where it's all but certain to die...

Martha Brock

Rep. McIntyre one of two Dems to vote with GOP

Under the Dome:

North Carolina U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre was one of only two Democrats who joined House Republicans in voting to defund Obamacare on Friday. Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah was the other.

Their votes allowed one Republican leader to declare it a “bipartisan effort.”

Martha Brock