As Democrats and Republicans squabble over federal funding and a partial shutdown of the federal government looms, many in the press are mindlessly parroting Democratic Party's talking points about the shutdown. But what's the reality?
The bill offered by Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas) to create a commission to study the effects of Fed actions over the past 100 years is gaining some traction.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is offering an amendment that would prohibit federal employees from taking taxpayer-funded subsidies to pay for ObamaCare health insurance.
The Senate voted September 27 to pass a continuing resolution that restores funding for ObamaCare that the House of Representatives had denied in its version.
House Republicans are maintaining their position on the healthcare law and are launching what is dubbed a “two-front war” on ObamaCare. One week after the House passed a bill that defunds ObamaCare, they are attempting to take a vote this weekend on a bill that would delay the healthcare law in exchange for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling.
“I rise today in opposition to ObamaCare,”declared Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as he began his marathon speech against the president's healthcare law Tuesday afternoon. He continued, “I intend to speak in support of defunding ObamaCare until I am no longer able to stand.”
Lawmakers continue to struggle to reach an agreement that would keep the government open past September 30. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be setting up a test vote on a House-passed bill this week that would fund the government past September 30 if lawmakers agree to defund ObamaCare.
In a close vote Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved 217 -210 a measure that cuts food stamps by $39 billion over the next decade — a move that is expected to provoke a political showdown with Democrats. The bill failed to garner a single Democratic vote; 15 Republicans voted against the bill, as well.
Some committed constitutionalists have forced Speaker of the House John Boehner to forward a bill that funds all of government, except ObamaCare.