There are a lot of people talking about the upcoming showdown over the Affordable Care Act and the Continuing Resolution to keep the government running. Without a budget or a Continuing Resolution the government will be forced to close up shop due to lack of funds.
This has been the subject of many previous debates in the last few years. It seems that every three to six months Congress is threatening to shut down the government if they do not make significant changes. Obviously this debate goes both ways.
Right now the debate over the Continuing Resolution (CR) has turned to healthcare, specifically the Affordable Care Act. The debate over the ACA rages on every day. Even after the house voted for the 41st time to repeal the ACA it should be obvious that the House is not going to get their way. That is not stopping them; it is just making them more inventive in their repeal efforts.
The House passed a CR that would keep the government running, except they took out all the funding for the ACA. They essentially are attempting to defund the ACA and are holding the government hostage to do it.
After they passed the bill it was quickly moved to the Senate. Then a few Senators took that and ran with it. Senator Ted Cruz has been all over the news talking about his position to shut the government down if they do not defund the ACA. Cruz even got up and wasted 21 hours in a pretend filibuster. It was a pretend filibuster because the 21 hours of talking could not have any effect on whether or not a vote is going to be held. His marathon talking session ended with a unanimous vote (100-0) to end debate and move toward voting on the actual bill. We should be calling a 21 hour debate speech, because it is by definition not a filibuster.
The irony is that GOP leaders in the House were quick to distance themselves from this scenario.
Rep Peter King (potential GOP candidate for President) said, “He’s not standing on principle, I don’t know what he’s standing on,” King said. “But he’s standing for a strategy that can’t work. It’s going to personally help him as far as his political status, but it’s going to be bad for the county, bad for the Republican Party.”
Wait a second; are they really trying to blame Senator Cruz for holding the country hostage and threatening a government shutdown over the ACA? Didn’t the bill that Senator Cruz is promoting came from the US House? That’s right, it did. Every one of those Reps who voted to repeal the ACA by defunding it, are doing the same thing. Defund the ACA or we will not pass a CR, which is what you all voted on.
The House was even happy after the passage of the defunding-CR.
The Huffington Post reports, “Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) also took to twitter to vent. “House Republicans are turning words into action to defund #Obamacare. Ball will be in the Senate’s court,” he wrote.”
Yet now they want to distance themselves from shutting the government down because the public is adamantly against a shutdown. The House GOP cannot get away from the fact that they voted to do what Senator Cruz is advocating for. The House GOP cannot wiggle their way out of this.
Here is the full list of the Representative who would rather shut the government down if the President does not defund his signature bill. Don’t let them forget it!