Boehner: Okay, okay, we’ll vote on a continuing resolution that defunds ObamaCare

posted at 11:21 am on September 18, 2013 by Allahpundit

Cantor’s lame attempt to appease the “defund” crowd having failed, the House leadership’s apparently decided to punt the whole thing to Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz in the Senate:

“On the CR, we know what the position of this conference is,” Boehner said, speaking before his colleagues. “Every member in this room is for defunding Obamacare while letting the rest of the government continue to operate. We’re going to put Obamacare defunding directly into the CR. And then we’re going to send it over to the Senate, so our conservative allies over there can continue the fight. That’s where the fight is.”

“On every major issue we’ve faced for the past two and a half years, the math has been the same: House Republicans either find a way together to get to 218, or the Democrats who run the rest of Washington essentially get everything they want,” he added, pressing for House GOP unity.

Cantor wanted to send two separate bills to the Senate, one a straightforward CR that would fund O-Care and the other a defunding measure. Obviously Reid would have passed the former and trashed the latter, leaving “defund” supporters with a symbolic House vote (like the 40+ that have preceded it) and nothing else. Fine, says Boehner, you win — we’ll send only one bill that defunds ObamaCare to the Senate. Mitch McConnell, who’s terrified of losing conservative support in the Kentucky primary, will have no choice but to push for it, but even a weakened Obama isn’t going to lose many Senate Democrats when he’s defending the party’s signature legislation.

Which is to say, Reid and the Democrats will kill the new defunding bill, and then … what? Robert Costa expects that, once the “defund” measure fails, Boehner and Cantor will ask House conservatives to pass a clean CR that funds O-Care and wait for the debt-ceiling fight to try again to defund (or delay) the law. Will the caucus go along, though? WaPo wonders:

One, these conservatives have already demonstrated a willingness to buck leadership. Two, many of them view this as the last best chance to derail Obamacare, given imminent implementation dates. Three, their biggest political concerns are primary challenges and the ire of conservative groups who also want to shred Obamacare at all costs. A “we-tried-once-so-now-let’s-back-away” posture won’t ease any of their political pressures.

What’s more, in order for a budget strategy to really be tested, it must be drawn out to the last moment. These negotiations have increasingly become blinking contests, and Defund Obamacare advocates aren’t going to be happy until Senate Democrats are faced with a choice between a government shutdown and defunding Obamacare. Anything else will be seen as a token effort.

Would Boehner and the GOP leadership tolerate even a brief shutdown, if only to prove to the base that they weren’t afraid to do it to try to get Senate Dems to compromise, or is this going to be another situation where the Hastert Rule goes out the window at the last minute and Boehner passes something with Democratic votes plus a few dozen Republican moderates? Paul Ryan’s reportedly already being lined up to convince his colleagues that a shutdown is a bad idea. “The fight is on the debt limit,” he told the caucus this morning, per Costa. And indeed, according to WaPo reporter Paul Kane, Cantor apparently expects that ObamaCare will still be a live issue by the time the battle over the debt ceiling begins:

Giving up on entitlement reform, eh? Wonderful. Anywhere, there you go — a sneak preview of the next few weeks. The House will pass an essentially symbolic defund measure. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul will do their best to argue for passing it in the Senate and will fail, hopefully at least with Senate Republicans lined up behind them in opposition to Reid’s funding measure but maybe not. (McCain warned Republicans not to shut down the government this morning on CNN, but whether that means he’d vote for a CR that funded O-Care in the name of breaking a tea-party filibuster or would vote against it while waiting for the House to pass a clean CR themselves is unclear.) Then Boehner, Ryan, et al. will call for House Republicans to pass a CR that funds O-Care for the time being and to shift the defunding argument to the debt ceiling, where they’ll … surely stand on principle. Surely they won’t cave again for fear of the bad press the GOP would get for pursuing ObamaCare brinksmanship with America’s creditworthiness on the line. Right?

Read Philip Klein on tea partiers confusing tactical disagreements among Republicans with ideological ones.


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LoLz..What do you expect him to do??..:)

Dire Straits on September 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Use the power given to him by the Constitution. Not be part of the problem. Not play bait and switch shell games. Not fund something for 2 1/2 years that he says he opposes…

Gohawgs on September 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Is this HJ 62 a separate bill to defund? I thot the CR included language to defund.

Thanks.

bluefox on September 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

HJ 62 (Rep Graves et 40+ sponsors) is the CR which funds Govt for a whole year, but explicitly forbids any kind of funding for Obamacare

and it looks like Boehner will allow this CR to be voted on in the HOR (instead of that chicanery backroom BULLSCHMIDT plan concocted by Cantor and Pete Sessions)

exodus2011 on September 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Gohawgs on September 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Plenty of blood to go around…Aye??..

Dire Straits on September 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

bluefox on September 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

HJ 62 (Rep Graves et 40+ sponsors) is the CR which funds Govt for a whole year, but explicitly forbids any kind of funding for Obamacare

and it looks like Boehner will allow this CR to be voted on in the HOR (instead of that chicanery backroom BULLSCHMIDT plan concocted by Cantor and Pete Sessions)

exodus2011 on September 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Ok. This must be the same one that Boehner is referring to then. Thank you. Oh I know about “weasel wannabe Speaker Cantor” He & Paul Ryan are about the same, i.e. back stabbers.

bluefox on September 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

2014 is just around the corner.

I think a very strong argument can be made (and I just started it) that the time is riper than it’s ever been for some Dem Senators to jump ship.

hrh40 on September 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Ask yourself, if Reid was so sure of the way all the Dems were going to vote, then why is he fighting tooth and nail to avoid a vote on ObamaCare??? If it is a slam dunk for the Dems they should just call it to the floor and vote sooner rather than later. I think more will defect than the MSM/WH/Dem Leadership will publicly admit. Why else did Reid cancel the Syria vote, so it wasn’t on the record AND it would have failed.

txmomof6 on September 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Ted Cruz will not back down.

Texans will not back down.

The American People will not back down.

Obama will blow his cool.

Harry Reid will back stab anyone he can get a knife into.

The evil money cult will pull out the gold and spread it around.

Call the Senate Republican Senators every day, every hour until the votes to make sure the R’s all vote to defund O-Careless.

We the People may ,, should be able to pick up 4 to 6 Democrat Votes may be more, as Obama has just proved to all he is not a leader and will grovel like the street thug he is to make any deal.

He will lie to himself and others that he won the deal, even if we win, the msm will lie for him to the end.

Does not matter as long as O-Careless is defunded/delayed.

Nov. of 2014 is the goal.

The Senate and the House and 2 years of Obama flying around the world telling the U.N. thugs how bad Americans are to him and them.

Just stick together and fight the fight together.

Hi Tolls, hows tricks and treats from King O-Hole these days?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Sometimes, as I observe Obama’s glaring incompetence in foreign affairs, the clusterfark implementation of Obamacare, the sputtering economy, and the polls that are turning against Obama and the Democrats on every issue, I begin to feel hope that things will turn around.

And then I look at the Republicans in Congress, and I get depressed again.

These guys are worse than useless. They actually hurt the cause.

DRayRaven on September 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Thing is there are not enough lap dog RINO’s to make U.S. eat Obama’s crap any longer.

The guys we elected via the Tea Party Revolution stood the ground.

Now we have to back them up with our lives, our votes , our phone calls, our work, our gold, our dollars, our blood sweat and tears.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Plenty of blood to go around…Aye??..

Dire Straits on September 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I’ve been remiss. How have you been?

How can continuing to fully fund obamacare, maintaining the status quo, remove this marxist power grab aimed at controlling Americans and the American economy (and by extension, the world’s economy)?

Gohawgs on September 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Shut it down. The Repubeicans seem to want praise from the liberal Media more than their own jobs, and think us voters are stupid.

Decoski on September 18, 2013 at 9:39 PM

txmomof6 on September 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Good points. I had the same opinion about the Syrian vote.

A list of all Dem & R Senators up for re-election in 2014 is here:

bluefox on September 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

bluefox on September 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Gohawgs on September 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I hear you..Obiecare will fall under its own weight..There will be too much confusion among the folks.. We lost the last “easy” way to defeat Obiecare with the 2012 election..Now it “should” fail on its own performance..:)

PS..Good evening!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

And then I look at the Republicans in Congress, and I get depressed again.

These guys are worse than useless. They actually hurt the cause.

DRayRaven on September 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

I don’t get depressed, but I do get angry. We don’t have any representation in Congress, too many on the same side of the aisle.

I take comfort in knowing that God is always against the wicked.

bluefox on September 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM

..Now it “should” fail on its own performance..:)

PS..Good evening!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Especially if all of the Insurance Companies keep pulling out of the Exchanges, LOL

bluefox on September 18, 2013 at 10:05 PM

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