Last night, the House of Representatives’ Rules Committee shut down Rep. Steve King’s ability to offer an amendment to completely defund Obamacare on the continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of the year. House Republicans are now hiding behind parliamentary rules to say that it would somehow violate what the new Republican Majority is all about. This is just complete and utter nonsense.
Having carried through on the first part of its promise—the House voted overwhelmingly to repeal the whole kit and caboodle—the Republicans are now developing a plan to cut off funding for the new national healthcare bureaucracy as part of the continuing resolution to fund the U.S. government that is expected on the floor next week.
Unfortunately for the GOP, that is not as easy as it seems on its face. Thanks to some self-funding provisions in the law, which passed under the leadership of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, there is still some money available to help push the creation of the Obamacare bureaucracy along.
Enter Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who has a plan to defund it completely.