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House Passes Spending Plan That Defunds Obamacare

Alexander Reed Kelly
Associate Editor
In December 2010, Alex was arrested for civil disobedience outside the White House alongside Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, healthcare activist Margaret Flowers and…
Alexander Reed Kelly

The House approved a Republican-proposed short-term spending plan Friday that would continue funding the government through mid-December but withhold money for President Obama’s health care law.

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

The Washington Post:

The legislation would fund federal agencies at an annualized rate of more than $986 billion but would also leave in place automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, set to take effect in January. It would include language to prohibit any funding going to implementing the health-care law and, additionally, authorize the Treasury to pay some bills and not others in the event that no deal is reached in October on increasing the country’s debt limit.

House Republican leaders declared victory Friday after the vote, and they immediately ramped up pressure on the Senate to take up the fight.

“The House has listened to the American people. Now it’s time for the United States Senate to listen to them as well,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), to raucous applause from Republicans.

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