Congressman Jim Bridenstine Works to De-Fund Obamacare

7 03 2013
U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted against the “Continuing Resolution” in the U.S. House of Representatives today.  The Continuing Resolution (CR) is legislation whereby Congress authorizes continued funding of government operations in the absence of a budget.  The Obama Administration has not submitted a budget as required by law, so Congress must act to appropriate funds.  Congressman Bridenstine has no desire to “shut down the government” but saw this up or down vote as a strong opportunity to de-fund implementation of the widely unpopular and expensive Obamacare programs.

Mr. Bridenstine commented:

“As the IRS moves to collect billions in fees for Obamacare and the Department of Health and Human Services continues to promulgate complex new rules for businesses and individuals to implement the unpopular and unworkable law, today I voted against the Continuing Resolution (CR).

“The CR was filled with line items to eliminate specific types of personnel and agency funding, so it would have been perfectly appropriate for the CR to include line items de-funding the personnel and agencies working furiously to force Obamacare on the American people.  I sponsored an amendment to de-fund Obamacare within the CR and argued for its inclusion before the House Rules Committee, but the Rules Committee denied opportunity for the amendment.

“This administration continues to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers within Obamacare, while requiring all insurance plans cover abortion inducing drugs.  Since the CR does nothing to stop the implementation of Obamacare and we are running out of opportunities to do so, I felt compelled to vote ‘No’.”

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