GOP passes short-term budget bill, defunds 'Obamacare'


President: 'Congress focused on politics...not on you.'

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 2:21pm

President Barack Obama said Friday that a faction on the far right of the Republican Party was "actually willing to plunge America into default if we can't defund" health care reforms known as Obamacare.

The Republican-led House on Friday passed a short-term spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare, setting off a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate that could result in a government shutdown in less than two weeks.

The President said that Congress was not focused on the middle class in the current budget debate, telling workers at a Ford Motor Company in Liberty, Missouri, that legislators were "focused on politics, they're focused on trying to mess with me, they're not focused on you."

On Thursday, the Republican-led U.S. House approved legislation that would cut $40 billion from food stamps, which would force some 14 million people from that program over the next decade.

The measure, however, has little chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama has promised to veto it if it ever reaches his desk.


Reader Comments

While I agree in spirit with this, there is no way it will ever make it as far as Obama's desk to veto anyway. Looks like a government shutdown is in the works. How will that effect this area, with so many federal employees?

While I applaud the Congress for their vote, it is meaningless. The Senate will never pass it and even if they did, Obama would veto it, so i guess we are looking at a shutdown. How will that effect El Paso?

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