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Obama Would Veto House Bill

by Keith Koffler on September 28, 2013, 11:16 pm

The White House this evening released a statement confirming that President Obama would veto the House legislation that funds the government but delays Obamacare by a year.

From the statement

The Administration strongly opposes the House amendments to Senate-passed H.J. Res. 59, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.  The Senate acted in a responsible manner on a short-term funding measure to maintain Government functions and avoid a damaging Government shutdown.  Rather than taking up that legislation, the House proposes amendments that advance a narrow ideological agenda and threaten the Nation’s economy.  By including extraneous measures that have no place in a government funding bill and that the President and Senate already made clear are unacceptable, House Republicans are pushing the Government toward shutdown.

If the President was presented with H.J. Res 59, as amended by these amendments, he would veto the bill.

The House is expected to vote tonight on the legislation, which the Senate is not expected to pass. If Congress fails to approve legislation by Monday at midnight extending government funding, the government shuts down.

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Susan September 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Make him do it Congress! He never lives up to anything he says he’s going to do anyway. This country survived before the government became a $17 trillion dollar leviathan, and we can do it again.

Island Girl September 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

Yes we can!

gracepmc September 28, 2013 at 11:54 pm

The word “terrorist” would have been in appropriate so the boy king settled for ideological” followed closely by “threaten” — all good, old fashioned American political terms.

ArnoldLayne September 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

The House should follow Pat Buchanan’s suggestion and begin passing CR’s for each part of the government separately, sending them to the Senate. Let the BHO and Dirty Harry reject funding the military, etc one by one.

Julie Brueckheimer September 29, 2013 at 10:30 am

I think they’ve already started with funding the military.

DMcG September 29, 2013 at 12:05 am

Obama’s language is really offensive. Since when did the House become the junior partner, subject to falling in line when the Senate says something is “unacceptable”? Why is Boehner not demanding that Reid deal with the unacceptability of Obamacare? Why isn’t Boehner pointing out that all Obama has to do to avoid a shutdown is sign the House bill? Why isn’t Obama willing to negotiate rather than strut, preen and pout?

There are no good answers to these questions, leading to the conclusion that Obama thinks he’s king, and that all others have a duty to fall in line with his wishes. He’s not, they don’t, and he needs to deal with it. We are all really tired of his destructive attitude.

Island Girl September 29, 2013 at 1:09 am

Yes this..he is crazy.

gracepmc September 29, 2013 at 12:16 am

I found this to be very interesting — the comments by retrocal. He’s from NV and maps out Reid’s political power and how he operates. It’s slimy but powerful.

Will September 29, 2013 at 3:50 am

Right on, gracepmc! We did not send these people (Alexander and Corker) to just sit there and do nothing!

lidiab September 29, 2013 at 1:57 am

Of course he’ll veto the bill. It’s not in his Master Plan of destruction of the great. US. Well rise up again! Important news for today.He DID go golfing.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 6:14 am

I wonder who were the two Democrats who voted for it.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 6:44 am

Dagnabit. I can’t find it. I saw the results on Fox 42 minutes ago, and it had two Democrats in the “yea” column.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 7:01 am

“Two Democrats voted for the Obamacare delay: Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, and Jim Matheson of Iowa.”

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 7:03 am

“The votes, taken after midnight, were 232-192 for the Obamacare delay, and 248-174 for the medical device tax repeal, mostly along party lines.

Two Democrats voted for the Obamacare delay: Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, and Jim Matheson of Iowa.

Seventeen Democrats voted for the tax repeal.

Meanwhile, a bill to guarantee pay for military personnel during any shutdown passed 423-0.”

Aileen September 29, 2013 at 7:17 am

The vote to delay Obamacare was 231-192, with two Republicans voting against the bill, while two Democrats supported it.  The Republicans opposed to the bill were New York Reps. Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna, and the Democrats who supported the measure were North Carolina Rep. Mike McInytre and Utah Rep. Jim Matheson.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

I’ve never heard of either Chris Gibson or Richard Hanna before. I wonder if they voted what their constituents wanted, or if they’ll be looking for a new job after the next election.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 7:37 am

One of Gibson’s first actions was to vote to repeal AHA, according to his Wiki page.

From his Web site:

voted “no” tonight on attaching a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the latest version of a “Continuing Resolution (CR)” because I don’t agree with this approach.

I believe the Senate will reject this CR and we’ll be back to square one on Monday, increasing the likelihood of a government shutdown – which I oppose.

From my perspective, the desired end state remains the same – a delay of the Affordable Care Act / Obamacare and a temporary lifting of the sequester – both to January 2015. However, we need a successful strategy to get that implemented and this approach will not do it.

What we should do instead is take the Senate CR and add a simple amendment – overturning the Obama Administration’s recent rule providing health care insurance subsidies for Members of Congress and their staff.

The Administration made an exception for Congress to permit these benefits. “Fixing” this problem for Congress before the American people are protected from adverse impacts of the law is wrong.

I believe this amendment would likely pass the Senate, thus ending the stalemate over the continuing resolution and preventing a shutdown. More importantly, in the coming weeks as negotiations continue I think adopting this simple amendment is our best opportunity to delay implementation of Obamacare. Once Congress is forced to live within the letter of the law, all parties (including the Democrats who still support it) will be much more willing to recognize the significant issues facing the ACA and agree to delay its implementation.


Aileen September 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

Neither have I…and I wondered the same thing. But – they “represent” NY…’nuff said?!?!

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

Part of me appreciates Gibson’s idea that Congress should not be allowed subsidies for them and their staffs. However, that seems rather naive because that’s asking the the foxes to give up their spots in the chicken-coop.

Aileen September 29, 2013 at 8:05 am

Personally, I think both of them took the chicken way out and then tried to justify it with “a bunch of” doublespeak.
“Are ye fer me or agin me?”
This is a time for those against ACA to hitch up their pants and get to work on repealing the darn thing.
And, O/T, I am getting sick and tired of being labelled an extremist.
I am a God-fearing, hard working, tax paying American and darn it, my voice needs to be heard!

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

Considering his challenger, Sean Eldridge, I’d rather have Gibson if I were a resident in their district. Eldridge is the spouse of Facebook founder Chris Hughes. After he helped get homosexual marriage approved in New York, he seemed to be looking for another project.

“He purchased a multimillion dollar home in our district in January, filed to run for Congress in February, and then cleared up his voter registration problems a few months later,” Valle said in a statement. “He’s been raising money from wealthy friends while at the same time touting an economic plan that boils down to loaning his potential constituents money. One thing is clear – this race will test the hypothesis of whether Congressional seats can be bought.”


From his Wiki:

After the New York Senate failed to pass marriage equality in 2009, Eldridge joined Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide. He served initially as Communications Director and then as Political Director, a role in which he helped lead the successful 2011 effort to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.[2] He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the group. Eldridge has debated opponents of gay rights on Fox News and ABC News Nightline.[6][7] The New York Observer ranked him as one of NY’s Top 50 “most powerful gay figures” of 2011.[8]

Following the New York marriage equality victory, Eldridge founded the investment fund Hudson River Ventures in 2011 in order to “empower entrepreneurs and build thriving businesses throughout the Hudson Valley.”[9] The fund invests in promising small businesses in the region, with a particular focus on food & beverage companies.[10][11]

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 7:41 am

Richard Hanna:

“It’s unfortunate Congress has yet again left its responsibility of funding the government until the last minute instead of working through a regular, annual budget process. To be clear: this is a shameful way to operate. I look forward to a resolution and do not support a government shutdown.

“I continue to support repealing and replacing Obamacare with reforms that actually reduce health care costs and increase coverage for upstate New Yorkers. But as a lifelong and consistent supporter of women’s rights and health care, I do not support addressing divisive social issues such as access to birth control on a last-minute continuing resolution.

“It is incumbent on us to approve a bill that keeps the government open at responsible spending levels – and then work to address the long-term, structural drivers of our national debt. Tonight, I supported an option to keep the government open which includes a reform that has been supported by both parties and is important to protecting jobs in upstate New York.

“Upstate New Yorkers shouldn’t be threatened with a shutdown while Washington gets it act together on finding smarter solutions to reduce our immoral $17 trillion debt. I am in Washington working to see that the government remains open and we achieve spending reforms to improve the fiscal health of our nation for ourselves and future generations.”

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

I continue to support repealing and replacing Obamacare with reforms that actually reduce health care costs and increase coverage for upstate New Yorkers. But as a lifelong and consistent supporter of women’s rights and health care, I do not support addressing divisive social issues such as access to birth control on a last-minute continuing resolution.


The House voted 248-174 to repeal the tax on medical devices that was to help pay for the Affordable Care Act, and then voted 231-192 to delay the implementation of the law by a year. The latter also included a provision that would allow employers and health care providers to opt out of mandatory contraception coverage.


DeniseVB September 29, 2013 at 7:02 am

Here’s that Neil Cavuto smackdown response to the President’s attack on Fox News. Brilliant !

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 7:25 am

There’s nothing like reading an ass-whipping early in the morning to get the juices flowing!

Dave Sanborn September 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

Now is the time your representatives should listen to YOU rather than a news media survey. Quoting USA Today President Obama responded with a message to Congress Friday: “Knock it off,” he said at a news briefing at the White House where he called on House Republicans to approve the Senate short-term bill and reiterated that he will oppose any effort to dismantle his signature domestic achievement. This said by your POS leader that is to represent the “Will of the people”. What does the statement sound like to you? To me sounds like TYRANNY.

Earl September 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

Let them shut down the government it would be the best thing that can happen….IMHO