The US House of Representatives votes to delay Obamacare by one year by a 231 to 192 margin. However, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had more important things to do like not show up for the vote. The vote once again puts the ball back in the court of the US Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will make no compromises.
House Republicans forced through a short-term government funding bill that delays Obamacare and permanently repeals a tax on medical devices, setting up their most dramatic face-off ever with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.
The vote to delay Obamacare was 231-192, with two Republicans voting against the bill, while two Democrats supported it. The Republicans opposed to the bill were New York Reps. Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna, and the Democrats who supported the measure were North Carolina Rep. Mike McInytre and Utah Rep. Jim Matheson.
“The House has again passed a plan that reflects the American people’s desire to keep the government running and stop the president’s health care law,” Boehner said in a post-vote statement. Repealing the medical device tax will save jobs and delaying the president’s health care law for all Americans is only fair given the exemptions the White House has granted to big businesses and insurance companies.”
He added: “Now that the House has again acted, it’s up to the Senate to pass this bill without delay to stop a government shutdown.”
The high-stakes GOP move intensifies a game of chicken with Senate Democrats with just 48 hours to go before the lights could go out on the federal government.
The White House threatened to veto the measure, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) proclaimed it dead in the upper chamber.
The imminent deadline, combined with the prolonged impasse, has led some lawmakers to predict a shutdown is all but inevitable.
The Lonely Conservative, as myself, are surprised at the GOP’s not backing down on the Obamacare/continuing resolution fight. I thought for sure Boehner and the establishment Republicans would have caved at this point. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed is not backing down either and is pretty much taking the my way or the highway approach.
Much more at The American Thinker and the ultimate question ahead of a pending government shutdown … who will blink?