Boehner: House Will Pass CR That Defunds Obamacare
(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), appearing with other Republican leaders on Wednesday, said the House will pass a continuing resolution (CR) that defunds Obamacare and lets the Senate deal with it.
He also indicated that Republicans will use debt limit legislation as leverage in an attempt to cut spending.
Two other Republicans said their conference has agreed to "delay" Obamacare.
"This week, the House will pass a CR that locks the sequester savings in and defunds Obamacare," Boehner said. "The president has signed seven bills over the last year to make changes to Obamacare, and I sincerely hope our friends in the Senate have plans to make this an eighth time." He refused to predict what the Senate will do.
Calling the law a "train wreck," Boehner said, "it's time to protect American families from this unworkable law."
Boehner also indicated Republicans are willing to demand spending cuts as part of legislation increasing the nation's borrowing limit:
"You know, for decades, Congresses and presidents have used the debt limit for legislation to cut spending. And even President Obama worked with us two years ago in the debt limit negotiations to put controls on spending. This year is not going to be any different," Boehner said.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said, "In the coming week, we will unveil a plan to extend our nation's ability to borrow while delaying Obamacare and protecting working middle class families from its horrific effects.
Republicans "aim to put a stop to Obamacare before it costs one more job or raises a family's out of pocket expenses one more dollar. And that fight will continue as we negotiate the debt limit with the president and the Senate," Cantor said.
Republicans also plan to make tax reform and the Keystone pipeline part of those discussions, he added.
Cantor asked that Obama "finally engage with Congress and work with us on behalf of the American fammily."
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the Republican conference is "united" on their next move:
"I think you're going to see a very big excitement coming through this week and next week as well as we move legislation. The excitement is the united conference going after the battle we've always been willing to wage. But now we're going to look foward to the Senate joining with us."
Noting that President Obama "many times" has delayed portions of the Affordable Care Act, McCarthy said, "We think it's time it's delayed."
Instead of making exceptions for businesses, legislation emerging from the House will focus on provisions that apply to individuals, McCarthy said.
Conservative Republicans forced Boehner to back away from last week's plan to to make it look like Republicans were defunding Obamacare, rather than making it happen.