September 18th, 2013
08:31 PM ET

House GOP: Defund Obamacare or Shutdown government

The U.S. is facing a government shutdown - again.

And it's just 12 days away if Congress can't reach a deal. It's embarrassing, avoidable and will ensure our count to getting back America's AAA debt rating isn't even worth keeping. (It's been 774 days, by the way, since we lost it.)

Washington is simply too dysfunctional to govern.

Today, both Speaker Boehner and President Obama said they want to avoid a shutdown.

But the truth is, both side are okay with a shutdown if they don't get their way.

Beohner says the House will pass a budget bill this week that defunds the President's health care law.

That's a nonstarter and the President is making political hay of it.

So is a shutdown inevitable?

OutFront tonight, Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz.

Your guide to a government shutdown

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Brian Olphie

    Amazing - These Imbeciles push and vote on legislation they know cannot pass - either by Senate refusal or Presidential Veto. They actually think this is something to be proud of. This is the height of cynicism. Its like funding half a bridge over a river that the other side already told the architect's they would not finish – The ultimate exercise in futility. This is what they get paid for - To vote on Legislation that cannot pass? Fools in high places.

    September 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  2. Jal

    This continues to show how our two-party system has become inept. I'm a 9th great-grandson of George Mason – father of the Bill of Rights over, and I'm sure he'd be rolling in his grave or the heavens over the dysfunction of today's politicians. I'm heading to DC for vacation next week.........a long overdue vacation.........I've waited a long time to be able to visit DC as my father was born there, my great great grandparents, on my father's mother side, immigrated into Baltimore, April of 1883. My Uncle installed the 1st lighting systems in the Jefferson & Lincoln memorials, and more. I was hoping to do more family research and see the sites I barely saw as a 4 year old. Now, all the plans may go to waste if all the sites are closed. As my family line of both my father and mother have been in the US since the 1640s & 1650s, I think I've earned my right to reach deep into my roots and fight for our rights. I'll just walk up the steps of Capitol Hill, pull down my pants and take a dump on the steps; time we crap on them for once. I'm so sick and tired of "we're right"....... "no, we're right." He said, she said and so on. As Erin just noted, by 2025, our debt will be 100% of our GDP. Well, it's going to be worse a lot sooner. The Congressional Accounting Office basis our debt and ratios on a simple Federal Budget. Yet, the General Accounting Office does not have any way to see all the varied department budgets of the vase agencies. There has been much written if one was to talk all the individual budgets of every federal agency and department, Social Security Admin, Medicare, Treasury, etc., We are not looking at a $17 Trillion debt. We are looking at an unbelievable $83 Trillion dollar debt with $43 Trillion in short falls in SSI alone, another $23 Trillion in Medicare. There is only one direction from where we are now; downward. It's one reason I've paid off everything I owe and working on my mortgage. Hang on folks, it's going to get really ugly

    September 19, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  3. Teddy

    AS long as they include themselves I'm for it , after all they are part of government right , it takes a sorry SOB to do something like that , put millions of lives on hold but not their own , they need to be fired , making others suffer to get what you want is not how things are done in America , they want to pull this kind of crap they should move to the middle east they will fit right in , but I forgot they are republicans after all

    September 19, 2013 at 11:45 am | Reply
  4. Wes

    ACA is mandatory spending they shouldn't pass a Bill for political reasons that won't fund it. Congressman Jason Chaffetz isn't ready for Prime time the AFA is ready. It is the law and was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. He also said the Senate would be passing appropriation Bills if they were doing what they are supposed to be doing. That isn't true. The US Senate passed a Budget and the Republicans are blocking the two budgets from going forward not the Senate.

    September 19, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
  5. Peter

    Unfund house and senate health insurance. If the GOP hates "Obamacare" so much, why are so many of them signing their adult children up on the family health care plan?

    The statement "we are fully funding the government" cannot have an "except" in it. If there is a except, then it is not fully funded.

    September 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  6. marie

    WE the people do NOT want Obamacare. You in Washington have exempted yourselves this Congressman is looking out for us!

    September 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  7. ronny

    Republican are doing it again. when are they going to quit and accept the fact that obamacare passed!!!

    September 18, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Reply

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