Since the Supreme Court ignored the Constitution by upholding Obamacare, we have no choice but to use every legislative and executive tool at our disposal to kill this socialist monstrosity. One opportunity we will have to disrupt and impede its implementation will be through the appropriations process.
Last December, we incurred the ‘great spending betrayal’ under Republican leadership in the House. Sixty percent of House Republicans and 34% of Senate Republicans voted for a 1,200-page omnibus bill to fund the government for fiscal year 2012. Despite the pledge to cut spending, the omnibus actually appropriated $10 billion more than the previous year. The bill also violated the GOP pledge against bundled appropriations bills and the rule that all legislation be posted 72 hours before the vote. Moreover, the bill contained funding for all the unsavory things they pledged to defund; most prominently, Obamacare.
Back in 2011, many members figured that the Obamacare problem would easily disappear once the Supreme Court gets involved. Now with John Roberts’s betrayal behind us, we must take a more aggressive posture against funding Obamacare. Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan and Tea Party Caucus Chairman Michele Bachmann took up the call and spearheaded a letter to John Boehner and Eric Cantor urging them not to bring any spending bill to the floor that funds Obamacare.
Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved an appropriations bill for HHS that defunds Obamacare. Now we have 127 commitments, a majority of the GOP Conference, to hold them to their word and preclude the mistakes from last year. Last year, only 86 members opposed the omnibus. We would hope that the additional 41 members are serious about their commitment to vote against any omnibus that fails to defund Obamacare.
It’s important to note that while 127 members is a very good showing for this letter, one has to wonder what happened to the rest of the conference. Do they not share our goal of defunding Obamacare? Take a look at the district ratings and you will see that many of those who did not sign hail from solid conservatives districts, including Spencer Bachus and Mac Thornberrey who represent the most conservative districts.
We’ll also be watching many of the following members who voted for the omnibus last year, but have signed the letter: