On Sunday, ABC’s “This Week,” had Representative Tom Graves of Georgia on his “inaugural Sunday show” defend his Defund ObamaCare Act. The U.S. house passed his bill and it is now in the Senate amid much controversy and procedural trickery. It is quite a coup for a Representative in his third year in Congress to have authored such a bill.
The procedure should be easy to understand. Each year, Congress passes many spending bills that are discretionary. In other words, Congress must budget them through the appropriations process as shown by this House committee on appropriations press release. There is no mandate that these must be funded and Congress could refuse to fund them. This is called the “power of the purse.
Rep. Graves bill funds the national government, except for ObamaCare. It is now in the Senate, and this is where the trickery comes into play. Democrats control the Senate but they are vulnerable next election. Therefore they do not want Grave’s bill to come to a vote.
Majority leader Reid’s trickery is something called “cloture.” For the uninitiated, it means that voting for something is actually voting against it and vice versa.
If defunding of ObamaCare wins, it will be a game changer. It would mean that any discretionary bill could be defunded and this would be a major weapon to control our out of control spending. It would return the “power of the purse” to Congress.
There are some very interesting scenarios of what might happen.
If ObamaCare is defunded, I hope that Representative Graves and other conservatives will advance legislation to take us to free market medical care.