Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hoyer on CR Defunding Obamacare: ‘Blatant Act of Hostage-Taking’

( – Speaking on the House floor on Friday, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called the bill to defund Obamacare and fund all of the federal government “a blatant act of hostage-taking.”
“Today we are considering a measure to fund government only if the Democratic Senate and Democratic president will agree to dismantle the health care reform law that will help millions of Americans access quality affordable care. That isn’t going to happen, and it is a blatant act of hostage-taking,” Hoyer said.
Hoyer’s remarks were made before the House voted 230-189 to approve the CR at current sequester levels of $986.3 billion from Sept. 30 – the last day of the federal fiscal year - through Dec. 15.
Congress must enact a new law to allow the administration to spend money after that date. Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution says: "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law." For a bill authorizing spending from the Treasury to become law, it must be approved by the House of Representatives, and the Senate, and signed by the president.
Via: CNS News

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