The House of Representatives has passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through Dec. 15 and withhold funding for the Affordable Care Act. The 230-189 vote comes just 10 days before a possible shutdown…
…Rep. Scott Rigel (VA) was the only Republican to vote against the measure, while just two Democrats — Reps. Jim Matheson (UT) and Mike McIntyre (NC) voted for it.
The continuing resolution (CR) includes 100 percent of next year’s sequester spending cuts for non-defense programs and services, and about 60 percent of the automatic defense spending cuts. The provision that would deny funding for the ACA targets the parts of the law that are subject to annual appropriations. This vote was utterly irresponsible and unacceptable.
The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to vote against the House-passed CR at the end of next week, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will most likely offer a substitute CR to send back to the House. Congress must pass a budget agreement by September 30, or the federal government will shut down on October 1.