House passes stop-gap spending measure, defunds ObamaCare

CR passes the House

The House of Representatives has passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the federal government until mid-December by a vote of 230 to 189. The stop-gap spending measure also contains language to defund ObamaCare, the very controversial 2010 healthcare law.

As you can see above, it was mostly a party-line vote, though two Democrats voted for the CR, while one Republican — Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) — voted against it. You can read his explanation for his “no” vote here. Reps. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Mike McIntyre (D-NC) were the Democrats who voted for the CR.

House Republicans immediately held a press conference after the vote where conference leadership explained that they took action to defund ObamaCare “on behalf of the American people,” a majority of whom oppose the law and want it repealed, and hailed the CR’s passage as a “bipartisan vote.” They also explained that ObamaCare is having precarious effects on the nation’s economy and Americans.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) called out Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Mark Begich (D-AK) — Democrats who are running for re-election in states won by Mitt Romney in 2012 — citing concerns from residents and business owners from their respective states.

“The House has listened to the American people, now it’s time for the United States Senate as well,” said Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to cheers and applause from Republican conference members.

The measure now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to use procedural tactics to strip the language that would defund ObamaCare. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has hinted that may filibuster final passage of the CR if it doesn’t defund ObamaCare, though there is a question as to whether or not he can.

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