Saturday, September 21, 2013

House Passes Bill that Threatens to Shut Down the Government Unless all Spending on the ACA is Eliminated

With a week until the Health Exchange goes live, the House passed a bill that would only continue to fund the government if all spending on the Affordable Care Act is eliminated. Obviously President Obama and the Senate Democrats are not for this, which means the government may shut down if a compromise is not reached by October 1st. It has been reported that important government functions will continue (air traffic controllers, border security, social security, medicare), but that soldiers would not be paid (but have to report for duty), federal workers would have to go on unpaid leave. It is highly unlikely that this bill will pass through the Democratic-controlled Senate, but even if it does, President Obama says that he will veto the bill. This is an interesting last minute turn of events attempting to halt implementation of the new health care law. 

H.J.RES.59 -- Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, September 10, 2013.

House Bill Links Health Care Law and Budget Plan, New York Times, September 20, 2013. 

House Vote 478 - Passes Stopgap Spending Bill with No Health Law Funding, New York Times, September 20, 2013.

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