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.