Republican-led House passes short-term spending bill
WASHINGTON D.C. -- In D.C., the Republican-led House passed a short-term spending bill on Friday. It funds the federal government for the beginning of the next fiscal year, but it eliminates funding for President Obama’s healthcare reform.
With a vote of 230 in favor and 189 against, almost strictly along party lines, the threat of a government shutdown inched closer, with House Republicans again voting to repeal or undermine President Obama’s healthcare law.
“This defunds it the 42nd time I think. It’s the right thing to do. Republicans do not want to shut down the government, despite what our friends on the other side of the aisle keep saying,” said Rep. Virginia Foxx, [R] North Carolina.
“Let me tell you, the Republicans have refused to pass a budget during the 113th Congress. They have had every opportunity to do so. There is so much division within the Republican conference. They have simply not passed a budget, and now we are running out of time,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield, [D] North Carolina.
There are 10 days left until the government runs out of money and a potential debt default is not far behind. President Obama addressed the issue during a visit to Missouri.
“This is the United States of America. This is not some banana republic. This is not a deadbeat nation. We don't run out on our tab. We're the world's bedrock investment. The entire world looks to us to make sure the world economy is table. We can't just not pay our bills. Even threatening that is the height of irresponsibility," said President Obama.
Republicans say they are pushing ahead.
“We’re into the fight, and we want the Senate to join us,” said Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
But the Democratic-led Senate is not expected to pass the bill. The White House says President Obama would veto the bill if it ever did reach his desk.