The Republican-led House today passed a short-term spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare, setting off a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate that could result in a government shutdown in less than two weeks.
Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
President Barack Obama and Democrats reject any effort to undermine the 2010 health care reforms known as Obamacare.
The spending measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to strip the provision defunding Obamacare and then send the plan back to the House.
Without a new spending plan before the current fiscal year ends on September 30, the government would have to begin shutting down because Congress had failed to authorize continued funding for the new fiscal year that begins October 1.
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TED CRUZ JESSE HELMS
Very controversial former senator lauded by Ted Cruz
Chris Hayes sits down with Michael Steele to talk about controversial remarks made by Senator Ted Cruz on the late Senator Jesse Helms who opposed integration, interracial marriage and The Civil Rights Act.
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW
Governor Pat McCrory (R) just signed into law “legal” means for voter suppression in North Carolina. It was backlash from Barack Obama’s winning the state in the Presidential Election. In this clip we see how dangerous the route can be – a misery – to vote in North Carolina. U.S. Attorney-General Eric Holder is aware of the situation there. It is hoped he will swiftly sue the state in federal court.,, like he just did in Texas.
By Craig Howie
Saturday in Kentucky
Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell faced off Saturday against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes at the heavily anticipated 133rd Fancy Farm political forum.
The candidates pulled no punches at the traditional red-meat slugfest broadcast nationwide on C-SPAN and online by Kentucky Education Television.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/mitch-mcconnell-alison-lundergan-grimes-fancy-farm-95159.html#ixzz2b5avrkBM
US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT
Bipartisanship is a four letter word to the tea party zealots in Congress.
This week, Congressional Republicans dismissed President Obama’s proposal for corporate tax cuts out of hand. Last year, the president proposed the American Jobs Act, which House Republicans didn’t even consider despite the inclusion of tax cuts for businesses that hired new employees.
The president generously proposes and the House GOP caucus automatically disposes. Corporate tax cuts are the holy grail of the Republican Party, so the GOP’s resistance to the president’s proposals makes me think that House Republicans would automatically reject any proposal from the White House. I’m sure that Republicans would even find a reason to reject a plan initiated by Obama to build a memorial on the capital mall dedicated to conservative hero Ronald Reagan.
The president has given up on congressional Republicans, but he hasn’t given up on the American people.
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In a series of speeches and proposals, Obama has discussed the urgent need to invest in projects that will put Americans back to work and rebuild our sagging infrastructure of bridges, water systems and transportation. The president has also explicitly denounced the politics of austerity as a road to prosperity. The sequester budget cuts have already slowed the economic recovery and the additional cuts that the tea party wants will reverse the fragile economic recovery.
The president has said that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s package of budget cuts, his so called Path to Prosperity, is really the path to austerity, which runs directly into the road of recession. Besides austerity, the only thing that congressional Republicans have to offer is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which would, in turn, repeal the new restrictions against predatory health insurance company rip offs.
There’s just one problem . . .