September 20th, 2013
09:38 PM ET

Congressman: "It takes two to tango" in a shutdown

Just 10 days before the government runs out of money, Congress voted Friday to approve a temporary spending measure that would continue government operations, but eliminate funding for Obamacare.

This was the 42nd time the House voted to delay, defund or repeal the health care law.

And just like the previous 41 times, it's a not-starter in the Senate, which means we are headed for gridlock and shutdown.

House GOP launches shutdown battle by voting to defund Obamacare

President Obama shamed Republicans for the vote today.

"You don't have to threaten to blow the whole thing up if you don't get your way," Obama said in a campaign-style speech at a Ford plant in the Kansas City, Missouri area, adding that legislators in Washington were focused on politics and "trying to mess with me," rather than helping the middle class.

So, is there any way to avert a shutdown?

OutFront: Texas Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold.

Filed under: Government Shutdown • News • Politics
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. photografr7

    If you really don't want to shut down the government, then stop pretending you are on the right side of this issue. President Obama was re-elected to do his job; let him do it, or put up a Republican Presidential nominee that can beat him in an election. Oh, you tried that already??

    September 21, 2013 at 4:01 am | Reply
  2. LibertyDefined

    My hours at work were reduced to 29hrs in anticipation of the new healthcare law. I support the Republican drive to defund this bill, because America is broke. I don't want to be forced pay taxes, and premiums on healthcare that I cannot afford. I don't want to pay for others who also cannot afford healthcare. How is Obama helping us when he is choosing for us between healthcare, and food. Want to help the poor and middle class? Stop spending our money! 17 trillion in debt, and he wants to kill us with more taxes...unbelieveable!

    September 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  3. john barton

    Yes, because more ridiculous and meaningless political posturing is just the answer to all of this country's endless problems!

    September 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Not only are my insurance options shot but am disabled ..may have no income.
      Political chess..tea Party must be ousted for halting democracy and choking us to death.

      September 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Reply

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