127 House Republicans Call On Boehner To Defund Obamacare

July 19, 2012 - 10:53 AM

127 House Republicans, led by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (OH-04), wrote to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor today urging them not to advance any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare.

“The House of Representatives holds the purse strings,” Rep. Bachmann noted in her announcement of the letter:

“Now that the House has voted to fully repeal ObamaCare, we should continue to do everything within our power to defund this bureaucratic power grab,” Rep. Bachmann said in announcing the letter.”

“[W]e should not rest until its implementation is blocked,” Bachmann added.

“Americans have made it clear they don't like ObamaCare.” said Rep. Jordan, commenting on the letter. “Every single piece of this law needs to go.”

The letter, delivered today via both e-mail and inter-office mail, calls for the defunding of all things Obamacare. It is signed by more than half (127) of the House's 241 Republican members.

I e-mailed the following questions to Rep. Boehner’s press contact, Michael Steel:

  1. What is his response to the letter?
  2. Will he join his colleagues and pursue defunding? Why or why not?
  3. What circumstances, if any, would it take to convince him to agree to join his colleagues and pursue defunding?
  4. Is there anything else Speaker Boehner would like us to report about this?

Steel's response:

“The House has voted to repeal, partially repeal or defund the health care law more than 30 times – and we’ll keep at it until we get rid of it.”

The text of the letter signed by 127 House Republicans is presented below and attached here: Defund_ObamaCare_Letter_July_18.pdf.

Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor,

We are outraged by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to rewrite and largely uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”), as we know you are as well. And we know that our sentiments are in line with the vast majority of Americans who believe that healthcare should be controlled by patients and doctors, not by the government.

We appreciate your willingness to schedule a vote on the full repeal of ObamaCare. We should continue efforts to repeal the law in its entirety this year, next year, and until we are successful. However, in the meantime, there is more we can do in Congress.

Since much of the implementation of ObamaCare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare through the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal entity. We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare-implementation funds.

In Federalist No. 58, James Madison wrote that the “power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon ... for obtaining a redress of every grievance…” We thank you for your consideration and look forward to working closely with you to address defunding one of the largest grievances in our time and to restore patient-centered healthcare in America.

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