US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is apparently preparing us once again for capitulation (pronounced surrender) to the Obama regime on funding of ObamaCare with its freedom-grabbing, anti-Christian abortion-funding provisions.
Fiscal year 2012 ends on Sept. 30 and the new fiscal year 2013 begins on Oct. 1, 2012. The federal government, based upon the last ill-advised agreement, will run out of money on Sept. 30. Congress will therefore be required to appropriate funds, either through separate appropriations bills or another Continuing Resolution (CR) to sustain the operation of the federal government.
When asked whether the House Republicans would permit or not permit funding for Obamacare in whatever legislation is enacted to fund the government after Sept. 30, Speaker John Boehner responded that “our goal would be to make sure the government is funded,” thus indicating that House Republicans do plan to fund implementation of Obamacare past Sept. 30.
Unless a special provision is put into the bill to fund the government past Sept. 30 that expressly prohibits funding specifically for the Obamacare regulation that requires health-care plans to cover, without cost-sharing, sterilizations, artificial contraceptives and abortifacients, the House Republicans, by funding implementation of Obamacare, will also be funding implementation of that regulation.
The sterilization-contraceptives-abortifacient regulation takes effect on Aug. 1.
At his press conference on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Boehner, “In whatever legislation funds the government after Sept. 30, will House Republicans permit funding for the Affordable Care Act?”
“I expect that we’ll have an agreement with the Senate on a CR. As you all know, CR’s do contain some changes but usually not many changes. And considering that we’ve been fighting–the House has voted now 33 times to defund, to repeal and change Obamacare. Actually, about seven or eight of those votes have become laws, so there have been changes.”
The Constitution says the no money may be spent from the Treasury except by an appropriation made by law. In order to become a law, an appropriation must pass the House of Representatives and the Senate and be signed by the president or be approved in a veto override vote by Congress.
If the House approved an appropriation bill to fund the government after Sept. 30 that prohibited funding for implementation of Obamacare, it would then be up to the Senate and the president whether to agree to the legislation or decide to block it–and thus block funding for the agencies of government the appropriation bill covered–because it did not implement Obamacare.
So far, 127 House Republican members have signed a letter urging the GOP House leadership –Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)–to use the appropriations process to defund Obamacare NOW, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.
The letter, in part, states:
“[W]e urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare through the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, or any other federal entity. We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare-implementation funds.”
Part of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is a regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires nearly all health insurers to provide sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacients free of charge. The regulation goes into effect on Aug. 1.
Once again, Speaker Boehner chooses to surrender to the deceiver in the White House, this time even before the fight.
Leaders lead. Man up now, this time. This time make the other guys cry.
***Ed Randazzo, is a nationally syndicated author. He has been a conservative activist and consultant for over 30 years and is currently the Chief News Editor of Life and Liberty Media and Co-Producer of Liberty Today, a weekly television program seen on cable systems in most of South Dakota***