Last night after the second rejection by the Democrat led Senate, the Republican led House pulled another all-nighter attempting to avoid a government shutdown. The bill would have delayed the individual mandate of Obamacare and would have also block the Congressional exemption from Obamacare. The bill was passed with 53% of the vote. Nine Democrats joined the Republicans in supporting the measure: Representatives Barber, Barrow, Horsford, Maffei, Maloney, Matheson, McIntyre, Ruiz, and Sinema. Twelve Republicans joined the Democrats, either annoyed by the late nighter and continuous votes, or irritated at the watering down of the bill. The Republicans were; Bachmann, Barton, Broun, Dent, Diaz-Balart, Gingrey, Gohmert, Granger, King, King (NY), and Massie.
The bill was dead on arrival in the Senate, despite Republicans only scaling back the most unpopular parts of the law. Senate Democrats, particular those in red states who are up for reelection next year, are caught supporting such things as the individual mandate and the exemption of Congressman. The Senate tabled the bill with a fully party line vote. Every vulnerable Democrat went on record fully supporting Obamacare.
Harry Reid, President Obama and the Senate Democrats are forcing a government shutdown on the American people. President Obama would rather negotiate with the leader of Iran than with the United States House of Representatives.
Senator Reid said, "This is an unnecessary blow to America." Despite his fancy language the first government shut down in 17 years is entirely his fault.
Welcome to Obamacare, America. Today, despite the best attempts of Congressional Republicans and a government shutdown, Obamacare kicks into full gear.
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