WASHINGTON – The
The 230-189 vote was at least a temporary victory for the chamber's most conservative lawmakers, who had pressured the Republican leadership to back the "defund Obamacare" drive.
During the debate on the House floor, Rep.
"We're fighting to give that same relief to all American families," Scalise said. "This law is unworkable. It's killing jobs in America. It's causing people to lose good healthcare they have today."
"It is a wolf in wolf's clothing," Pelosi said. "Either you don't know what you are doing, or this is one of the most intentional acts of brutality that you have cooked up."
The House has taken about 40 symbolic votes to curtail the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The Senate has either rejected or refused to consider those bills. Democratic leaders say the outcome will be no different now. The Senate is expected to strip out the measure to stop the health law next week and send the bill back to the House with just days to go before the shutdown deadline.
“In case there's any shred of doubt in the minds of our House counterparts, I want to be absolutely crystal clear: Any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead, dead. It's a waste of time,” Majority Leader
A number of Senate Republicans have criticized the defunding approach, arguing the party would be held responsible by the public for a shutdown. Even Sen.
But Cruz and fellow Republican Sen.
Much of the federal government will cease operations after month’s end unless
While the House voted Friday, the president was headed to Kansas City, Mo., for an event at a Ford plant to tout America’s economic recovery five years after the economic collapse. A