Less than 24 hours after voting to slash food stamp funding, House Republicans moved on to a full government shut down. On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed their version of a short-term spending resolution, which includes a measure to defund Obamacare. Before the vote, Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell called on Republicans to “wake up from their radical, ideological dream” and oppose the legislation.
Even Senate Republicans have warned their colleagues in the House against tying government funding to Obamacare. On Monday, Senator John McCain said, “Republicans ought to understand that if we shut down the government, Congress always gets blamed – rightly or wrongly – Congress gets blamed. We've seen the movie before. It's just some of them weren't around at the time; I was.”
Of course, the House resolution will be dead on arrival in the Senate, but that didn't stop House Republicans from their 42nd attempt to kill the President's healthcare law. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will strip the Obamacare provision out of the spending bill, and even President Obama has said he would veto any proposal that defunds the healthcare law.
The House bill is nothing more than a political game, which brings our nation closer to the brink of economic disaster. Apparently, House Republicans would rather continue their economic terrorism, even if it means that poor people, the elderly, our veterans, and our entire economy get caught in the crossfire.
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