WASHINGTON — Upset with a continuing resolution she says didn’t go far enough, some Tea Party-affiliated Republicans like Rep. Michele Bachmann say they’ll push colleagues to insist on removing funds to implement the recently passed health reform law.
“We’re having discussions about that now, particularly the defunding of ObamaCare for the implementation, as well as defunding Planned Parenthood,” Bachmann said. “I think it will be necessary for some members, it remains to be seen if it’ll be a critical mass.”
Bachmann was one of just six House Republicans to oppose the two-week CR, though several Republicans have said publicly they’ll insist on increased concessions in future funding measures.
House Republicans are quick to point out that they’ve already passed HR 1, their fiscal 2011 budget, which includes those cuts. However, that measure is considered dead in the Senate, and it remains to be seen if GOP leaders will be content to say that they passed the cuts once (without them becoming law), or if they’ll actually insist on them and risk a government shutdown when Democrats inevitably balk.
“We’re not going to negotiate this with you,” replied Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Republican Conference and the No. 4 Republican in the conference leadership, when I asked him if the GOP leadership would insist on defunding the health reform law and Planned Parenthood in any future deal.
“I don’t mean to be rude,” Hensarling added with a chuckle, “Clearly we passed HR 1, that is the policy of the House, and we’re going to try to promote it at opportune times. I’m afraid that’s the only statement I can give you.”
Late Wednesday, White House officials invited Capitol Hill leadership to summit negotiations headed by Vice President Biden on a spending measure that would run through the end of September — the end of the fiscal year. Both Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are expected to attend.
Should that not result in a deal, a new continuing resolution deal would need to be agreed in the next two weeks, with or without Bachmann’s language.