In a final effort to stop Obamacare from kicking in next month, GOP House Speaker John Boehner has pulled a 180 and is now giving Tea Party politicians their way — which means the House will hold a vote to de-fund the controversial health-care plan.
While Tea Party members have long expressed the desire to stop the Affordable Care Act using any means, more moderate Republicans were hesitant to go ahead with such a vote. If it passes, the government may fully shut down, since President Obama is unlikely to pass an Obamacare-free budget.
Government shutdown or not, Boehner said, "The law's a train wreck. It's time to protect American families from this unworkable law."
If the government shutdown happens, all federal agencies, including the Pentagon and the FBI, will be rendered inoperative. Public services will cease, and politicians will be that much further from reaching an agreement on the debt ceiling, which is their next major financial hurdle.
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According to Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, the Treasury Department will run out of money in late October or November, in which case government bills will go unpaid.
Senator Harry Reid implored Boehner to stop “this relentless obstruction . . . led and directed by the tea party.”
“None of the Republicans are willing to stand up to these anarchists,” said Reid, “They’re obsessed with a bill that passed four years ago, a bill that was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States. They can’t get over that.”
In a statement Tuesday, Obama said, "We're hearing that a certain faction of Republicans, in the House of Representatives in particular, are arguing for government shutdown or even a default for the United States of America ... if they don't get 100 percent of what they want."
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While Republicans hope the American people will blame a government shutdown on the president, the majority of citizens tend to view the GOP as the obstructionist party. A shutdown could backfire, hurting Republicans in the next election cycle.