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.
In a statement to reporters, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan indicated that the Senate may not take up this year's NDAA before the end of the session.
During hearings on the proposal to attack Syria, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) taught Secretary of State John Kerry about the Constitution and the separation of powers.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that he considering a filibuster of the vote to attack Syria.