Conservatives Applaud House GOP for Pushing to Defund Obamacare
(CNSNews.com) – Conservative leaders are praising the House Republican leadership for agreeing to vote on Friday on a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government but not allocate money for Obamacare – the measure passed 230-189, and now goes to the Senate.
On Thursday, before the vote, conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin, who has long-advocated for a CR that excludes funding for Obamacare, said, “Finally, Republicans understand that if they surrender politically, they are going to be shot in their backs.”
The House GOP leadership “did not act on their own but were forced by the remaining conservatives in the House,” said Levin, adding that the GOP leaders, such as House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “were forced to take the only responsible and sane action they should have taken from day one.”
However, Levin said the House leadership wasted a lot of time and have displayed poor leadership by “not going to the American people and making the case against Obamacare … day in and day out.” Republicans in the Senate now need to “get behind the dozen principles Republican souls, smeared by their own party,” such as Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Cruz) who have been pushing for a CR without Obamacare since early spring.
The continuing resolution, or CR, is a funding mechanism to keep the government funded into the new fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1.
CNSNews.com previously reported House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as saying the House will pass a CR that locks the sequester savings and defunds Obamacare. Boehner said, “The president has signed seven bills over the last year to make changes to Obamacare. I sincerely hope our friends in the Senate have plans to make this an eighth time.”
Boehner is refusing to predict what the Senate will do.
Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said, “The House is hearing the voices of the American people on this. Many Republicans in the House have heard the voices of the American people which have been loud and constant and have put pressure on the leadership to join this effort.”
The Tea Party Patriots issued a statement saying, “The House Republican leadership shocked grassroots Americans across the country by announcing the House would be sending a Continuing Resolution (CR) to the Senate that defunds Obamacare for good. While this victory is only a large step in the right direction -- the bill still has to get through the Senate and be signed by President Obama – it is significant. And it’s all thanks to the grassroots Americans who convinced Republicans that they should finally take a strong against Obamacare.”
The Tea Party Patriots explained, “The bill holds to 2013 spending levels (which violates sequestration by $2f Obamacare.1 billion), funds the government through December 15 of this year, and includes the Full Faith and Credit Act, which prevents a default if Congress breaches the debt ceiling this fall.”
Michael A. Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, a sister organization of the Heritage Foundation, commented, “We applaud the House leadership for putting forward a continuing resolution that will ensure taxpayers are not forced to spend another dime on this failed law.”
He added: “Americans understand Obamacare is unworkable and unaffordable because it is already separating patients from their doctors and employees from their employers.”
Needham said Senate Democrats and President Obama must make a decision -- shut down the government to protect a destructive, unpopular law or acknowledge Obamacare has failed and cannot be salvaged.
Conservative talk-radio and cable TV host Sean Hannity praised the House Speaker during his Hannity show on Fox.
“I want to applaud House Speaker John Boehner who stood with the American people, we need to stand with him and with the people and defund this,” said Hannity. “They were playing a tune in the House leadership … people forced them to change positions they came up with the parliamentary procedure to defund Obamacare.”
Hannity further said, “the announcement is a big deal … a victory for House conservatives that stuck their neck out, endured criticism.”
“ForAmerica” Chairman Brent Bozell stated, "Today, Republican leaders in the House have joined the battle and kept their promise on behalf of the American people to get rid of Obamacare by not funding it and I applaud them. How in good conscience any Member of Congress in either party can force the American people to pay for a costly and massive government takeover of health care while big business and Congress are exempted reeks of hypocrisy, cronyism and elitism.”
“Moreover, to put the American people on the line to pay for a massive government takeover of health care that the lead Democrat sponsor in the Senate has called a 'train wreck' is unethical, unimaginable and unexplainable,” said Bozell.
"But in applauding I do so with caution,” said Bozell. “We have seen this movie before. After pressure from the grassroots, Republicans appear to be ready for a political battle one day, then negotiate away their position the next. On behalf of our 3.5 million supporters, I call on Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Minority Leader McConnell and all Republicans in the House and Senate to stand their ground and let President Obama and Senator Reid know that this position is non-negotiable, that you will fund the government, even things you may disagree with, just not any portion or aspect of Obamacare.”
“If Republicans do not stand their ground and stop funding of Obamacare, it will be a broken promise to those that elected them and they will pay a heavy price,” he said.
Disclosure: Brent Bozell is the president of the Media Research Center, the parent organization of CNSNews.com.