House GOP counter-offer: Fund gov’t through mid-December, 1 year delay in Obamacare and repeal of medical device tax
**Written by Doug Powers
A “delay” approach instead of a “defund” strategy this time:
House GOP Leaders announce plan to fund govt, avert shutdown tied to one year delay in ObamaCare & repeal medical device tax.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 28, 2013
The employer mandate has already been delayed a year, so isn’t it only “fair” to delay the individual mandate as well? What Dems don’t like “fairness”? When we’re talking about Obamacare, lots of them.
Military funding would be attached to a separate CR, so if that bill is passed the military will be paid even in the event of a shutdown (that is, if the Senate passed a separate military funding bill and Obama signed it).
The House could vote on their new proposal this afternoon.
The chances of the CR funding the government through mid-December and delaying Obamacare clearing the Senate? About the same as the odds that Nancy Pelosi will never tell another lie. Especially considering the number of Senate Republicans who had a cloture vote-induced spine removal yesterday.
Probably the only thing Senate Dems might find appealing about the latest House proposal is the medical device tax repeal. Over 30 Senate Dems have recognized the job killing aspects of the tax that was in the same law they so fervently voted to pass. But they would have had to read the bill to have caught that the first time.
In his weekly address this morning, Obama said he won’t budge on Obamacare, and not raising the debt ceiling to accommodate continued runaway spending is fiscally irresponsible or something:
Despite Republican attempts to defund his signature healthcare reform law, the president promised that the next phase of the law will kick in on October 1 “no matter what.”
“I will work with anyone who wants to have a serious conversation about our economic future,” Obama said. “But I will not negotiate over Congress’ responsibility to pay the bills it has already racked up. I don’t know how to be more clear about this: no one gets to threaten the full faith and credit of the United States of America just to extract ideological concessions.
How flexible is Harry Reid on changes to what the Senate passed yesterday?
“We’ve made it very clear that the only way to solve this problem is just accept what we’ve done, just accept it,” he said.
Yes, that’s the same Harry Reid who wrote this two days ago:
Governing must be a cooperative effort that sets aside the ideological or parochial concerns in favor of what is best for the nation.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) September 26, 2013
Good one, Harry!
Meanwhile, CNN reports President Obama has spoken more with the Iranian leader than with John Boehner:
Irony of the week:
In the past #Obama has called the House GOP 'hostage takers.' Today he spoke on the phone with the leader of Iran–which held US hostages
— John Ruberry (@Marathonpundit) September 27, 2013
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