54 House Republicans Vote No on Continuing Resolution That Permits Funding of ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood

By Dan Joseph | March 16, 2011 | 4:01 AM EDT

Rep. Ted Poe (R.-Texas) has introduced legislation that would mandate that President Barack Obama deploy 10,000 National Guard troops at the U.S-Mexico border. (Congressional photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Fifty-four House Republicans voted against the latest continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running and permit funding for ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood, including Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), who was non-committal before the vote about whether he would vote for it if it didn’t include language defunding Obamacare or Planned Parenthood.

The CR passed Tuesday afternoon by a vote 271-158, and 54 Republicans voted nay on the measure. Republican House leaders, Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) voted in favor of the measure.

Before the vote, CNSNews.com asked Poe, “A lot of your Republican colleagues are upset that this continuing resolution does not include language that would defund the health care law, defund Planned Parenthood. There’s going to be another vote on a CR in three weeks. If that CR does not contain language that—like the language that [Reps.] Michelle Bachmann and Steve King are proposing that would defund the ObamaCare law—would you still vote for it if it doesn’t include that language?”

Poe said, “Just see what it looks like. I’m not going to say what I’m going to do.”

When asked specifically about the continued funding for Planned Parenthood in the CR and whether he would vote for that, Poe said, “Well, same way. I don’t think the federal government, the taxpayers should be funding Planned Parenthood. We need to defund that as soon as we possibly can, figure out some piece of legislation to defund it.”

And then when asked, “But you might still vote for the CR even if it doesn’t include defunding of those?” Poe said, “Just have to see what I do.”

The CR that passed in the Republican-led House will fund the government for three more weeks, March 19 – April 8.

Last Friday, Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) sent a letter to Boehner, Cantor, and Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) asking them to include language in any future CR that would prohibit the administration from spending any money to implement Obamacare.

King and Bachmann vowed not to vote for any CR that permitted funding of Obamacare and called on other House members to take the same pledge.

The language that King and Bachmann are calling for would not only prohibit normal appropriations from funding Obamacare but would also prohibit the administration from carrying out $105.5 billion in spending that, according to the Congressional Research Service, was built into the Obamacare legislation in such a way that it will be automatically spent unless Congress affirmatively prohibits the administration from spending it.

In addition to King and Bachmann, some of the House Republicans who voted against this latest CR include Reps. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Thad McCotter (Mich.), Ron Paul (R-Texas), Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Allen West (Fla.), and Louie Gohmert (Texas).