July 11, 2013, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today urged passage of legislation by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the “Defund Obamacare Act,” and urged the House of Representatives to adopt similar language and attach it to a must-pass continuing resolution:
“The Cruz bill can be distinguished from other proposed ‘defunding’ efforts that merely target agency budgets but leave untouched insurance subsidies under the state exchanges, Medicaid expansion and other ‘mandatory’ entitlement spending required under the law. It acknowledges that changes to the law are necessary outside the appropriations process in order to actually defund it. Senator Cruz is to be applauded for this effort.
“The House of Representatives should adopt similar language and attach it to the must-pass continuing resolution this September to force a showdown on the issue. If the Obama Administration believes it can arbitrarily delay the employer mandate for a year, then the House should force an immediate debate on whether the rest of the bill should be funded as well. If Republicans are committed to stopping Obamacare before it takes effect in 2014, this may be their last chance.”
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