House sends stopgap back to Senate 48 hours before shutdown
by Mike Lillis, The Hill, September 29, 2013 (excerpts)
House Republicans approved a stopgap spending bill that delays ObamaCare in an early-morning Sunday vote ....
The White House threatened to veto the measure, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) proclaimed it dead in the upper chamber....
A separate bill, designed to ensure that military personnel are paid even if a shutdown is not averted, was also approved in a unanimous vote....
The imminent deadline, combined with the prolonged impasse, has led some lawmakers to predict a shutdown is all but inevitable.
"In candor … when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, the place is shutting down," Rep. Robert Andrews (N.J.), head of the Democrats' Steering and Policy Committee, said Saturday night.
The House added language delaying implementation of the healthcare law by a year in a 231-192 vote.... (Reps Hanabusa and Gabbard voted against funding the Federal Government.)
The House also voted to eliminate a tax on medical devices in a 248-174 vote, with 17 Democrats joining the GOP. (Reps Hanabusa and Gabbard voted to tax your medical devices.)
Unveiled by GOP leaders just hours earlier, the continuing resolution (CR) would fund the government through Dec. 15. It would delay the individual coverage mandate and the insurance exchanges which are set to launch on Tuesday – and eliminate a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices.
Republican supporters said the ObamaCare delay is necessary to prepare a wary public for sweeping changes that lack the underlying infrastructure to make them work. They framed their postponement proposal as a compromise, relative to the defunding measure they had pushed earlier in the month.
“This bill is not about whether ObamaCare is going to come in or not,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.). “What we're voting on is whether or not you'll accept the compromise which we have reached out to offer.”
read ... About Who's Really Shutting Down the Government
Read About All the Terrible Things National Democrats are Threatening to do to Hawaii:
POLITICO: Meanwhile Democrat Minority Leader Pelosi is out on a Luxury Vacation (Couldn't be bothered to come in and fund the troops' pay.)
Just for laughs, take a look at how one Billionaire Luxury Resort Developer wants you to see these events: “Hawaii Representatives Blast Bill That Raise Chances for a Shutdown” -- Really obvious question: Will pandering to the Democrats help Omidyar build McMansions in Hanalei?