House GOP to move next week on health care defunding
February 8th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
7 years ago

House GOP to move next week on health care defunding

Washington (CNN) - A day before House Republican leaders head to a lunch with President Obama at the White House, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said that the GOP will move next week to try to block funding for one of the President's biggest priorities – health care reform.

Asked at his weekly session with reporters whether the government funding bill the House is preparing to vote on will include money to pay for the new health care law, Cantor said, "I expect to see one way or the other the product coming out of the House to speak to that and to preclude any funding to be used for that."

House GOP leaders have vowed that they would use Congress' power of the purse to defund the new law. But Cantor's statement Tuesday was the first official word that the Republican-led House would begin that effort right away.

The House is scheduled to vote next week on a spending bill that funds government agencies for the remaining seven months of the 2011 fiscal year. The current resolution expires on March 4th. Many of the major provisions of the new health care law do not go into effect until 2014, but some federal agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, are beginning to implement parts of the law, so Congress could start choking off money to these agencies, preventing them from moving ahead with this work.

Last month the House passed a bill repealing the new health care law, but an effort by Senate Republicans to pass the bill in the Senate was blocked by Democrats.

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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Let them try since it isn't going to be easy. I don't think this is what they should be focusing on right now.

    February 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Phil

    My Eric Cantor rot in you know where!

    February 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. ja

    most in oppposition have healthcare plans subsidized with taxpayers money, the @#$ hypocrits

    February 8, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Do whatever you can to save the country from this Obomination of a law! Defund this albatross NOW or it will defund ALL OF US!

    February 8, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Bruce

    WHERE ARE THE JOBS MR. CANTOR!!! Let's give the rethugs the benefit of the doubt and ask a more fair question since I don't believe 15,000,000 jobs can be produced in one month. WHERE ARE THE PROPOSALS THAT WILL HELP THE PRIVATE SECTOR CREATE JOBS?!?!?!?

    February 8, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    How to throw bipartisanship right out the window! These nuts from the right have to be stopped. Even when laws are passed and approved they can't override so they do this. The Supreme Court will be deciding this summer this case and to deny funds to people with pre-existing conditions and denied insurance by the robber baron republicans,already in the pockets of big insurance, is a crime!

    February 8, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    More posturing, when are you con clowns going to work on JOBS?

    February 8, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Jerry

    Mr Cantor, you make me embarrassed to live in Virginia. You are supposed to be moving forward and creating jobs. Not costing more money and going backwards. All you are doing is wasting time, but then again, I know you know that.

    February 8, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian


    A majority of the people in this country want Obamacare repealed altogether, but the Democrats in the Senate, in their infinite arrogance, don't care what the people of this country want.

    And we can't afford to waste a couple trillion bucks anyway, no matter how much all you deadbeats want someone else to pay your medical bills.

    February 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Ray

    woohoo... its about time for some Hope and Change.

    February 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. payback

    ....What the HELL, happened to JOBS!, JOBS!, JOBS!, The FOOLS, who voted for these clowns. Deserve, what's going to happen............ The sad thing. The people who did not vote for these CLOWNS. Are going to catch all the HELL......

    February 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. mom2boys

    Where are the jobs Mr. Cantor?

    February 8, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. A

    Republicans aren't for the working class anyway. They will do anything for their big business buddies.

    February 8, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. FactCheck

    Yeah because taxpayer money is much better spent on funding two wars and tax cuts for the richest 2%.

    February 8, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Root and stem

    So how much of my income do you marxist crack addicts want ????? Why don't I just send you my entire pay each week and you send back to me what you think I deserve. Thats what you really want to do. Fools.

    February 8, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Tired of the nonsense

    Anyone who votes against the health care bill should have their paychecks stopped.

    February 8, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. kevin

    Eric Cantor where are the JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. OH yeah I forgot you got a job, health Coverage, and a Pension but the American People can't have these thing. reThugliCan't GOBPers Purtid Tea Scam where are the JOBS. If you don't produce JOBS for American you will be voted out of office just like the democracts. Don't mess with the American Public. . Eric Cantor look like a first class idiot, just like his boyfriend John Cry me a River BoneHead.

    February 8, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  18. Refascistican

    How about "We The People" defund your government run healthcare Mr. Cantor.

    February 8, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Root and stem

    Hmmm.....the marxist crack addicts (Dems, Progressives and Obamists) spend two years in their attempt to seize the healthcare system, ignoring the collapse of the economy, and now they want the winners of the last election to share power. What a load of b.s. After 2012 you marxist crack addicts will be slashing your own wrists after the people regain control of the U.S. government. We can only hope so.

    February 8, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    folks who keep asking the GOP "Where are the jobs??" need to come to grips with the truth. The GOP is going to do very little if ANYTHING to help create jobs because by doing so and having the unemployment rate go down only helps president Obama. That is NOT on their agenda..their main goal is to make him a one term president so those of you who fail for the fear and lie tactics of the GOP, THIS is what you voted for. They won't get much of anything done because HC will not be repealed and the more the law takes effect the more people seem to like it.

    February 8, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. rusty155

    I though the Republican main thing they were going too do Is get people back to work. But American people are use of Republican and their lie. Got too take care of Big Business ,the very RICH and wall Street just like all ways. There go your second chance, Good luck In 2012. Please pick Saran Palin too run , It will make It easier for the Democrats. So much for the Pledge to American just another lie.

    February 8, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Laverne

    I hope it backfires in their face. Take from the poor and middle class and give back to the rich who don't even need it. I guess it's the American way, sad but true!

    February 8, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. JennyTX

    There they go again, the GOP trying to drag us back to the past with their favor-the-rich plans.

    February 8, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Video Guy

    Yes Lets defund all GOB House Members Health Insurance. Sounds good to me.

    February 8, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Eric Cantor just crapped on 334,000 voters in his district. And the right wingnuts and baggers say, "May I have another?"

    February 8, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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