Rep. Goodlatte Would Support Defunding Obamacare if Repeal Effort Unsuccessful

January 10, 2011 - 3:18 PM

Bob Goodlatte

Rep. Bob Goodlatter (R-Va.)

Washington (CNSNews.com) -  A Virginia Republican congressman told CNSNews.com that he would not only vote for full repeal of President Obama’s health care legislation passed last March, but that he would also support efforts to defund the legislation if repeal efforts fail.

On Capitol Hill last week, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.): “Rep. Steve King of Iowa is advocating including language in every appropriations bill to prohibit money from that bill funding the implementation of Obamacare. Do you support defunding Obamacare that way if repeal efforts fail?”

"I do support the attempt to stop Obamacare -- not only by repeal, but by cutting off the funding," Goodlatte told CNSNews.com.

When asked if the King proposal was one he could get behind, Goodlatte said he wasn’t familiar with it, but clearly stated that he was in favor of getting rid of Obamacare by way of defunding it, if necessary.

“I’m not sure about the particular process that Mr. King is following,” Goodlatte said.  “But, I believe that the significant majority of the American people were opposed to that legislation at the time it was passed, remain opposed to it and it should be repealed and quite frankly if the Senate or the president are not so disposed then I think the House should exercise its appropriating authorities to cut of funding for it.”

Goodlatte is currently serving his 10th term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressional Democrats passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and President Barack Obama signed it into law in March 2010.

In a Jan. 3 interview with CNSNews.com’s Editor-in-Chief Terry Jeffrey, King said that House Republicans should include language that prohibits any funding for implementation of Obamacare in every appropriations bill that passes this year to force a showdown on the issue with the Democratic-majority Senate and the president.

“Somebody’s going to blink,” King said in the interview. “It’ll be President Obama or it’ll be House Republicans. If House Republicans refuse to blink, we will succeed,” he said. “Obamacare will never become the effective law of the land and we’ll be able to leave a legacy of liberty for the future generations.”

Under King’s plan, congressional Republicans would first force a straight up-or-down vote on repealing Obamacare in the House and Senate. They would then follow that by inserting language into all appropriations bills that says no money from the bill(s) can be used to implement the federal health care program.

King told CNSNews.com: “So, my proposal is this then: Each appropriations bill that comes through, we need to put language in it that prohibits any of the dollars that are appropriated in those funds – and I would add to that any funds heretofore appropriated – from being used to implement or enforce Obamacare.”