Friday, February 18, 2011

House blocks funding for health care law

True to their word, House Republicans are attempting to rein in spending and stop the implementation of ObamaCare. Hopefully this is not just "posturing" and they will follow through even in the face of a Government shutdown. What the Democrats are not telling you is that even in a Government shutdown, essential services are maintained. After all, isn't that all we conservatives want from the Federal Government?

The GOP-led House voted today to block funding to implement the nation's health care law.

The action came on several amendments to a must-pass spending bill that would pay for government operations from March through September.

Specifically, the House voted to prohibit any funds be used by the Internal Revenue Service to carry out the law's mandate that Americans buy health insurance. The individual mandate, one of the law's key tenets, has been struck down by federal courts.

The House also adopted an amendment by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., to bar the Labor and Health and Human Services Departments from spending any money for the rest of fiscal year 2011 on the health care law. Still another provision adopted today would ban the government from paying the salaries of any federal employee involved in implementing the health care law.

Senate Democrats, who blocked a GOP effort last month to repeal the health care law, will try to remove these provisions when the spending bill goes to their chamber after the Presidents Day recess. President Obama has vowed to veto the House bill, which seeks to cut at $61 billion in federal spending for this year.

Read full USA Today article here.

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