On Tuesday, Nathan Mehrens, president of the conservative Americans for Limited Government, issued a statement calling on members of the House to defeat the rule for the continuing resolution that will allow funding for Obamacare.
“House Republicans should stand firm against parliamentary tricks that allow the funding of Obamacare while providing ‘political cover’ through a meaningless vote to ‘defund’ the law that the Senate can simply ignore," Mehrens said. "Passage of a continuing resolution that funds Obamacare would make House Republicans 100 percent complicit in the implementation of the law. A vote for this rule is nothing more than an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people and is a direct assault on the promises House Republicans made in 2010 when seeking election to ‘fight efforts to fund the costly health care law.’”
The statement came on the same day hundreds of Tea Party activists rallied on the lawn of the Capitol demanding House Republicans take what the Daily Caller called "authentic steps" to defund the massive law instead of simply going through the motions to appease conservatives.
“Over the next few days, we’re going to see all sorts of games, showmanship, shenanigans and other things that other people in the ruling elite will try to do to pull the wool over our eyes,” Jenny Beth Martin, the national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, said.
Richard Manning, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for ALG, told Examiner that House Republicans are engaging in what he called a "parliamentary trick" that "effectively negates the defund vote and is a cynical leadership trick to give members cover without actually fighting to stop the law."
He explained the rule being considered would allow Republicans in the House to "vote to defund on the continuing resolution with the Senate given the option to accept defunding or not."
Bloomberg said that if their plan fails, the risk of a federal government shutdown after the Sept. 30 deadline would increase, weakening whatever leverage they may have in talks to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said he doesn't support the plan being advocated by leadership because he’s “not sure” what the “end game” is.
Manning said that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his leadership team are engaged in what he called "a cynical attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of voters on the issue of defunding Obamacare, and they are hoping no one back home notices."
"The ploy is to pass a rule that allows the House to vote on defunding Obamacare in the pending Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government, but not make passage of the funding bill in the Senate contingent upon defunding the hugely unpopular health care law," he said in an email to Examiner.
Manning went on to say that Boehner's "parliamentary sleight of hand" is intended to give representatives like Mike Crapo of Idaho and Washington's Cathy McMorris Rodgers political cover so they can tell constituents they voted to defund the law, while allowing funding to go through Congress "without a whimper."
"This is not the first time the House has played this game. In 2011, they similarly 'defunded' Obamacare through a vote on the must pass federal spending bill allowing it to pass the Senate and be signed by the President without actually having any effect on the law," he explained.
"The law is so bad," he said, "that Congress itself recently was exempted from it."
Even big labor leaders like James Hoffa, Jr., president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, oppose the bill as written.
"Yet, in spite of this massive political shift away from implementing the law, what House Republican leadership is offering the rest of America is nothing more than typical Capitol Hill game playing that has Congress’ approval ratings near all-time lows," Manning said.
Manning went on to say that Republicans like Simpson -- who campaigned on a promise to defund Obamacare -- would be "more honest" if they openly embraced the law they are enabling.
CNS News said that since Obamacare has passed, over 109 new regulations have been published, adding 10,516 pages to the Federal Register, more than eight times as many pages as there are in the Gutenberg Bible.
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