House Votes to Defund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood
Elections have consequences and it appears the elected Republicans have heard the people …
As reported at The Hill, the US House of Representatives voted to prohibit funding for Obamacare and eliminate funding for family planning. The House passed a ammendment putting an end to the end of federal tax payer funding of Planned Parenthood by a 240 to 185 vote. Ten Democrats crossed party lines and voted with the GOP in this bipartisan vote.
The House of Representatives Friday passed a measure to end federal funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood a day after Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., brought the chamber to stunned silence after describing her own personal experience with abortion.
Friday afternoon, the House passed the amendment by a vote of 240-185. The vote was generally along party lines, with all but seven Republicans voting for the cut, and 10 Democrats voting in favor. One Republican voted present.
Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated that the “GOP using Planned Parenthood as ‘whipping boy’ in health debate”. Sorry Nancy, but you lost all credibility when you acted like you did as Speaker of the House caring little what the opposition party or “We the People” had to say. Weasel Zippers does not seemed very impressed either.
It was not just Planned Parenthood, but Obamacare that was also defunded by the GOP lead House as three amendments bar federal funding for the healthcare reform law:
- an amendment from health appropriations subcommittee Chair Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) blocks 2011 funding for the health and labor departments to implement the healthcare reform law;
- an amendment from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) blocks all federal funding for the law; and
- an amendment from Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) bars the Internal Revenue Service from using funds to enforce the law’s individual mandate requiring Americans to have insurance by 2014. Two federal courts have ruled that the mandate is unconstitutional.
The ball is now in the court of the US Senate and President Obama whether they want the continual resolution to go forward. American have stated that they wanted Obamacare repealed; however, defunding it is the only option at this point.