House GOP Launches Shutdown Battle by Voting To Defund Obamacare

Posted at 11:41 AM, Sep 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-20 11:41:55-04


Washington (CNN) — With one vote on Friday, the Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress — one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks.

By a 230-189 vote almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare.

The measure now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is certain to reject the provision that defunds President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement of his first term.

In legislative jargon, the House passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded for the first 11 weeks of the fiscal year that begins October 1.

The controversy involves the provision demanded by the GOP’s conservative wing and agreed to by House Speaker John Boehner that eliminates all funding for the 2010 health care reforms popularly known as Obamacare.

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