House GOP to move next week on health care defunding
February 8th, 2011
04:22 PM ET
12 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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  1. Dad of a Diabetic

    Republians, please visit a children's cancer center or children's diabetic center, and then ask yourselves if cutting the funding that will allow these very sick children to avoid being uninsurable for the rest of their lives is the moral thing to do!!! Republicans may one day have a child stricken with a deadly disease that makes that child uninsurable. How will Republicans feel if they know that they had a hand in denying a child, that they love, health insurance?? The free market health insurance system abandons sick children and the elderly!!

    February 8, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. PacificView

    Do these guys realize what economic chaos and uncertainty they are creating? This is bad for everyone. Stop the grand standing and get something productive done.

    February 8, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Root and stem: Were you this angry when GW Bush took the Clinton surplus and turned it into a deficit by waging two wars while cutting taxes – unprecedented in our nation's history?

    If so, why not just admit that you don't mind coddling the wealthy, who take their money, invest it overseas and layoff Americans, that you don't mind spending outrageous sums on wars that leave 1,000s of Americans dead, 10,000s of Americans wounded and the pockets of companies like Haliburton nicely lined?

    And while you're at it, why don't you just admit that you hate investing in the people and infrastructure of our country? That you think people who've paid all their working lives into unemployment insurance don't deserve to receive benefits, or that the elderly who worked and paid into Social Security don't deserve funds, or that disabled people don't deserve to be taken care of by those of us so fortunate to not be disabled, or that anyone who isn't born by chance into wealth doesn't deserve a decent education or – God forbid – access to health care that would keep them healthy and more productive citizens?

    I think you're the crack addict in this scenario, Bro. Or at least the one without an ounce of compassion.

    February 8, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Why all the fuss about the Republicans not focusing on job creation?

    They are: All their policies benefit the wealthy 1%-3% of Americans who then build factories overseas and employ cheap labor.

    February 8, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Henry Miller: 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.

    Um, no, a majority of Americans don't want it repealed.

    In fact, as more Americans experience the benefits of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the more they like it. Which is precisely why the Republicans did their best to delay the vote for it.

    BTW, preventive medicine is TONS cheaper than treating people in the ER or hospital for conditions that should never have gotten out of hand in the first place.

    February 8, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Sgt Schultz

    Cool can use all that $ spent to keep people alive and give it to the wealthy so they "can create jobs" or buy some jewelry, Ferrari's, yaughts, or sock more savings aways. The GOP could also get creative and spend some more of our taxpayer dollars to go invade a sovereign nation again so Dick Cheney's company can make a nice chunk of change.

    February 8, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. they call me "tater salad"

    What about all of those JOBS that the tax cuts for the wealthy were supposed to create that we all heard so much about back when you had an election to win huh?......Care to address that one Can't-or?.......Yeah, didn't think so!........Typical nut-less GOP slime!

    February 8, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. yaho

    I really would love to see these repugnance shoot themselves on the foot when the cut Medicare benefits for the seniors....their only remaining support base.....I will live to tell this story to my grand children's...ha..ha...ha..ha.

    February 8, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Voice crying in the Wilderness

    The GOP will not be happy until there are two classes of people - the rich and the poor. And we have the ignorant poor voting for them. Amazing! I believe the GOP are without any human feelings, and to think they were once called the party of family values. This lie existed for a long time. They should actually be called the party of lies.
    How can any thinking person vote for these group of mobsters I will never know. We look at Egypt today and say " oh my". But in the near future, what we see now in Egypt will be reality in US if the GOP take control.

    February 8, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. RedStateHate

    What happened to "jobs jobs jobs"? All Republicans want to do is hold meaningless votes, score political points, finger point, criticize and above all, do absolutely nothing. They don't want to make progress because Obama might get some credit. I hope people are paying attention (but I doubt it).

    February 8, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  11. kyle

    Where are the jobs that the tax cuts were suppose to create, what will these GOP clowns do for the next two years,? try to repeal healthcare.

    February 8, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. Mickey, NY

    The GOP just keeps on putting nail after nail in their coffin.

    February 8, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Reggie from LA

    Mr Majority Leader, you look as pleased as punch in your photo there. The words came out of YOUR mouth. YOU in particular, said that if we buy favor from rich people by cutting their taxes"... (ok not your exact words, but close enough) You'd best get busy because spinning your wheels on HCare to buy votes from the ignorant (buying keeps coming up) is not going to create jobs. Are the wealthy really going to create jobs or did you just fool us once again? Your a$$ and your kind will be facing cameras in the fall when you all start running for president.Y'all really enjoy that apparently. You're not doing anything else. I'm sure you are ready to explain it all away and blame President Obama when you finish kabuki dancing around HCare. ROTFLMAO

    February 8, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  14. Bessy

    If you voted for a Republican, This is what you get. It is only just beginning.

    @ " once upon a horse ". You are right on target but unfortunately there are too many folks out there that don't see the truth even when it is hitting them in the face. Too bad !

    February 8, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Root and stem

    If you are covered as a "kid" until you are 26 (yes 26) then you should not have the right to vote. 26 is ludicrous.

    February 8, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Hotdog

    Why were none of these concerns raised when the pharmacuetical billed was passed during the last administration? This guy is a joke. It is very obvious what he and his cohorts are attempting to do. It is very obvious what this guy and his cohorts are trying to do. This is more to do with racism than partisan politics. Racism is the issue that will cause this country to fall flat on its face.

    February 8, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Charlie from the North

    As much as I can't stand the efforts of these idiots to undo the most important piece of legislation since medicare. From a political standpoint I guess I should say "go ahead punk, make my day" try to undo the boon to the middle class, undo our countries entrance into the twenty-first century, fight against the will of the people. Obama and and a newly energized Democratic party will clean your right-wing leanin tea sippin knuckle draggin clocks in 2012.

    So fight against it, And please h please keep calling it "Obamacare" that will be the icing on the cake when the GOP House of cards comes crumbing down.

    February 8, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. Clwyd

    Root and Stem! We want it all as long as it doesn't go to Big Oil , Big Business, Bis Insurance, Big Wall Street and Big Wars!

    February 8, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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